Trump: "We Have A Military Option For Venezuela"

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Having made the week for Vix buyers quite profitable, President Trump - whose North Korea rhetoric sent market volatility soaring in the past week - appeared ready to spread the love among long-suffering oil bulls, when on Friday afternoon Trump refused to rule out a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela, and said that the US has a military option in the insolvent, quasi civil war Latin American nation.

"I'm not going to rule out a military option," Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf club discussing recent events in Venezuela.  "We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary," Trump said after a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.

The president did not answer whether American troops would lead that potential operation.

"We don't talk about it. But a military operation, a military option, is certainly something we could pursue," he responded.

In recent week, Trump's administration issued several rounds of sanctions against Venezuelan leader Nicholas Maduro, whom it calls a "dictator," and more than two dozen other former and current officials. The U.S. accuses Maduro's regime of violating human rights and subverting democratic processes. Most recently, on Wednesday the US sanctioned the brother of deceased former leader Hugo Chavez - Adan, who was appointed secretary of Venezuela's new "all powerful" constituent assembly.

Separately, Trump also said he would will speak with China’s Xi Jinping tonight, adding that "we’re considering additional sanctions at a very, very high level" on North Korea. The president also said that “nobody loves a peaceful solution” more than he does, but warned that "bad things could come."

Asked by reporters to clarify what bad things and if he meant war, Trump says “I think you know the answer to that.

So, instead of just one offensive war, Trump appears set to launch two, which is probably not surprising: back in early April when Trump unleashed the military strike against Assad, it didn't achieve anything but at least it pushed the Russian collusion narrative away from the front pages for a few weeks. With the president increasingly concerned about Mueller's sniffing around, Trump may as well double down.

And with markets now having not one but two potential warzones to keep an eye on, Sunday afternoon futures activity could get interesting, while the reaction esponse in the price of oil to a threat of war in the country with the largest petroleum reserves in the world would seem obvious: up.

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null's picture

A dubious claim ...
Did not imagine that the USA has had a military option for anything that could ever be imagined?

Really? Got the MOAR conspiracy cracked but can't imagine that, hmmm.

Eyes Opened's picture

Trymp Administration/Pentagram/MIC strategy...

PLAN A .. use the military option....

PLAN B .. repeat plan a til we get the desired results....

null's picture

Just putting words together does not information make.
Especially, times a million, about this POTUS.

Not saying you're wrong. Just that logically impossible for you to know.

deepfriedbrain's picture

eyes open's plan

A. get on knees

B. suck dick

c. repeat til he gets desired results


Now I'm against war but the issue is Trump doing it to get America back on top of the 'do not fuck with us' list of countries vs neocons doing it for only profit

Xredsx's picture

Well, deep down we all knew it was either gonner be a rebellion of the people or ww3. Tick tock goes the clock.

Nekoti's picture

Rebellion is not out of the question yet. If deep state is successful at pulling a coupe on Trump, imo, it will be Katy bar the door, for D.C. types.

dirty fingernails's picture

The coup is done. He's compromised. If he's impeached now its merely political spite for him being an asshole and/or winning the election. In any case, don't stop sharpening your pitchforks just yet

Nekoti's picture

I thought we voted this guy in to prevent war!?!

aPocketofResistance's picture

But Hillary was the war candidate, I feel deceived.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

As it turns out, they are ALL "war candidates" (except Rand and Ron Paul). They are of course "kooks" who hate America.

HRClinton's picture

<  A.  Love the Republic, hate the Empire 

<  B.  Love the Empire, hate the Republic


Just so we're clear... most here and most Americans choose A.  Most Globalists, Banksters and (((Neocons))) choose B.

DC, warmongers, the MIC, the CIA, the Deep State and its lackey MSM conflate the two choices, or play bait & switch... to keep us like mushrooms: in the dark and feed us BS.

MuffDiver69's picture

Good stuff...We have one with Mexico too...

dimwitted economist's picture

Got One for Michigan Too Orange? 

dirty fingernails's picture

Look, the monkey found the approval button and keeps hammering it. Neocons got back into the WH

veritas semper vinces's picture

They never left.Since 2001.Or was it 1963?

deepfriedbrain's picture're just a mental midget.


Trump beat the dem/repub establishment for the presidency dirty you still just beat yourself.

Xredsx's picture

When will this end? Either the world is going to go all fuck me side ways. Or Jesus Christ is actually returning.

Lumberjack's picture

Hillary Clinton’s pastor, the Rev. Bill Shillady, compared the Democrat’s election loss to the death of Jesus Christ in a Nov. 9 email.

Ajax-1's picture

Except in Hillary's case, she died politically to ammend for her own sins and crimes against humanity.

TitsupBallyWho's picture

Bingo. A generation will pass after Israel is established and then Jesus stops in for a visit.

peddling-fiction's picture

The great sign of Revelation 12 manifests itself on September 23, 2017.

This is a fact, whether you are religious or not.

Listen to this Freemason pastor (they all are) explaining this.

He sure knows his astrology, taught directly by the fallen themselves.

Low-Withers's picture

This "god " sure loves dead people.
Waiting for his return only encourages more dead people.
And more loss of freedom.
How many dead people in 2017 years waiting?
It's a scam boys and girls.
If he was real compassionate omnipresent and omnipotent
This BS would have ended years ago.

But on the other hand 1/3 of the world destroyed before god intervenes
Is a pretty good head start is an amazing con if you an evil
SOB. Great bait and switch on accountability.
Sad part humanity might wake up to this religion BS
When only 1% is left.
But maybe that is the plan all along.

estebanDido's picture

If he were omnipotent he could easily kill himself again.

logicalman's picture

Given JC is not the son of any sky guy, it has to be the former.

Trucker Glock's picture

Trump has a military option for everything.

Eyes Opened's picture

"Trump has a military option for everything."

And everyone....except the swamp....   :-(

Duc888's picture



He's shit canned 11,000 Fed workers in 6 months clown, I'd say that was a damned good start towards draining the swamp.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

Trump "shit canned 11,000 Fed workers ..."

What a whopper! Where were these 11,000 workers working? What agencies? Are they unemployed now? The unemployment rate has plunged to 4.3 percent after 11,000 Fed workers were let go?

The things people will believe. Like: Trump has submitted a "much smaller" budget. Trump might have proposed a budget where the rate of spending increases doesn't increase quite as much. There's your "cut."

Those 755 Russia Embassy Workers that Trump boasted of Putin firing? People actually believe this. They think these people are suddenly out of a job. Every one of them who worked for the U.S. government will still be working for the U.S. government, collecting a check, next month.


JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

Time to turn the chessboard over eh you deep state fucktards!?

south40_dreams's picture

Make the bastards fear us. It's about time some of these assholes were afraid of Something

jane says's picture

They're already afraid dumbell. USSA is a nuclear armed, bankrupt, crony, banana repubublic run my mentally retarded politicians.

secretargentman's picture

We want them to fear us like you'd fear the 6'4" 300lb biker with tatoos and a harley, not fear us like you'd fear the insane weirdo who lives down the street. 

madashellron's picture

What the fuck is some matter with you boy?

johnnycanuck's picture

I bet you're afraid of negroes, hispanics, chinese, north koreans, MOOSLIMS and a whole host of other imminent threats.

Perhaps you should focus more on Trump as it appears he may be on the verge of shifting from Krusty the Clown Trump to Side Show Bob Trump.   That wouldn't be a good thing.

Miss Informed's picture

They fear monumental stupidity and so do a lot of people over here.

CHoward's picture

Donald - talk to me - what's going on?  You good?  We need to chat.

Kaiser Sousa's picture

A complete fucking loud mouth wolf ticket selling asshole... brought 2 u courtesy yet again of Ameridumbs MoneyChanger overlords...




ctrent33's picture

boy, the jews just want us to attack every country until they have their WWIII.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

I'm asleep and this is a dream, right?

Eyes Opened's picture

Yes & no...

Yes, your asleep(as are ALL amerikans)...


No its not a dream...


Wake da fuck up America !!!!

Iconoclast's picture

Well why bother prosecuting wars on other continents, when you can just steal oil on the same continent?

kindasketchy's picture

That's South America; closer but not the same continent.

Swamp Yankee's picture

Luv U Don but you want no part of that mess. 


Stand back and let it burn.

madashellron's picture

So much for the Orange Clown telling us he wasn't going to get the US invovled in foreiqn entanglements.

RTP's picture

from time to time he has to speak with he's butt...its only to satisfy the neocon gallery.....he cant give them a lesson but amplify their madness so that the whole World can watch it.