Trump: "We Have A Military Option For Venezuela"

Tyler Durden's picture

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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Dragon HAwk's picture

By Military Option i hope me means Seal the Southern US Border.  maybe park a carrier off the coast so they have a hospital and clean water.

ItsAllBollocks's picture

Ha. The great american race to the finnishing line. Wonder who will get there first and in how many pieces.

Rebelrebel7's picture

Hahaha.  It's about the children again, right?! Why not worry about the 289 people killed by police in the US in 2015 instead! 

Oh, right, the oil reserves don't justify military action!

Mr Hankey's picture

I think it is  2089 or2809 .dont want to exit thread 2  check.

Salsa Verde's picture

Sorry but, Venezuela dug their own grave, let em sleep in it:  The US has no business interfering in that situation.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

You are right we certainly have "no business interferring." But when has that stopped us?

I say "us." I should be precise with my language. "When has that stopped a president?"

Congress might as well be a body of potted plants.

Oh regional Indian's picture

@salsa verde up above.... git yeself some education buddy, the us has had it's filthy cia finger in every government in latin and south america since at least the late 1940s if not earlier...

Give Me Some Truth's picture

For about the last week in my periodic listings of all of our existing and potential wars and "interventions," I've been including Venezuela on my list. I think this list is a record for nations in the history of the world.

I've also been adding this tagline to several of my posts:

"We're going to need a bigger military."

Well, we're going to need a bigger military.

ssgredux's picture

Liberate the fuck outta them!

Give Me Some Truth's picture

North Korea is trying to steal two of our "freedoms" (speech and religion). Venezuea is trying to steal the freedom of assembly and the freedom to be secure in our possessions/households. This from the CIA and 14 other intelligence agencies. So we've got to go to war, man. God bless our troops for saving our freedom!

Byrond's picture

Ring the freedom bells. 

BitchesBetterRecognize's picture

What the fuck is up with you Trump?  now turned into a motherfucking shameless warmongerer?

Are you trying to outdo the Clinton's & the Bush's in one term?  got rougue?  

What the fuck is up with all that Global War talk shit? 


Byrond's picture

Somebody's gotta be the global top cop. Otherwise, those dictator loonies drop sarin bombs on you or send defective nukes crashing on your house once a month when they get bored of partying in fancy palaces. 

Duc888's picture



Did you miss this?

That's what Trump did two weeks ago.... but I guess you missed it.

veritas semper vinces's picture

After you look at this video(with names,faces and their role in bringing him to power) you will understand WTF is up with him.

Byrond's picture

Time to fix all those catastophic problems that built up while Obama was turning the ship around in circles and imagining that he was being held hostage by Bohner whilst envisioning himself as Reagan, only better and much more astoundingly powerful. 

estebanDido's picture

Please Mr Trump you dont have to destroy the world just to please the Dems.

historian40's picture

The R and D are just labels for two sects of the same globalist party.  Both go to AIPAC to get elected, and both make the requisite visit to the wailling wall to participate in the antichrists' ritual, yarmulke included.  I've about given up hope that the average American will ever stop being duped by the "two party" lie.  How much more obvious can the deception be?

estebanDido's picture

I honestly believe that what Trump is doing is calling the warmongers bluff. So you want total chaos?, well lets have it. Also his strong words to Venezuela is not helping the ¨peaceful¨ opposition because now they cannot deny the empire´s intentions. 

Byrond's picture

Why be nice to the commies? They don't deserve it. Teach them what freedom is. Then they can vote and stop crapping up the world.

Byrond's picture

One dislike equals one commie. Dislikes are red for a reason.

historian40's picture

The inventors of "communism" own and operate the US regime.  Hypocrite and deluded both it seems.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

We have a military option for anyone that doesn't buy our Treasuries Mr. President no matter how worthless and corrupt our currency is

Fixed it!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture


Donny is in "fact" suffering from the tertiary stages of syphilis!

Haitian Snackout's picture

How bout a dangling a carrot instead. Like a paper mill or something.

Herdee's picture

Any word out on who the new American puppet will be?

Aristofani's picture

bush the III on mic message.

cnn will be telling us he is presidential and the msdnc will be misquoting Leonard Cohen on war again. :(

kommissar's picture

venezuela??  really?  wtf?  what vital national interest does the ussa have THERE?  who gives a fuck about venezuela?

Byrond's picture

If you were stuck there, you would probably want a helicopter to fly you out of there.

AurorusBorealus's picture

As long as it was not a U.S. helicopter.

Wahooo's picture

Venezuela has brown people. The US gov hates brown people. Hence, it's in our national interest to invade Venezuela.

Anarchyteez's picture

What happened to we don't say shit ?

historian40's picture

Trump the warmonering zionist antichrist worshiper.  More blood for the beast.

HoserF16's picture

I wish these fucking Washington Dip-Shits, would ask Congress for a Declaration of War. Before invading a sovereign country. Again...

historian40's picture

They can't because that would require that the Legislature prove the target nation is committing acts of war against the US.  They never declare war because it is the US regime that is illegitimate and the aggressor walking the earth seeking whom they may devour.


Mr Hankey's picture

OK.As long as its all nice and legal like. 

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

I speak Spanish. Where do I sign up to be a carpetbagging profiteer? Do I have to contribute $500 or more to Senator McWarmonger?

Lost in translation's picture

USA is not long for this world.

Death wish.

BeerMe's picture

A military option makes sense but ZH retards won"t acknowlede

Davidduke2000's picture

why it makes sense? what did venezuela do to america? some americans are becoming warmongers and would deserve Kim's nukes. 

Toshie's picture

Never thought I would ever say this to a follow ZH reader, but if you are being serious , then you are the retard.

Davidduke2000's picture

trump is confirming to the world he is impotent , can't fuck his own wife, so let's fuck her for him. he is trying to show he is a macho and wants wars everywhere. the us should be ejected from the unsc for being a rogue state.

Tugg McFancy's picture

These ghouls have a fucking military option for every country on earth.

historian40's picture

Including the people of the US.

headfake's picture

maybe one day every country on earth will turn round and say fuck you...then what?

AlphaSeraph's picture

The military. The best military. The greatest military. I promise, the military will be loved, it will be great. The greatest. Believe me, so great. Great. The greatest.


Oh regional Indian's picture

I swear I could hear rumps raspy squeak voice in my head as I read that....

Also, waiting for Tea Mousely to come and defend his 9D chess emperor..... paging Tea Mously, paging T Mously...

Mr Hankey's picture

& Very big .And powerful.Very,very big and powerful.

God is The Son's picture

The Tangerine Zionist President Strikes Again. 3 MORE YEARS OF THIS Pathetic ZIONIST DEEP STATE AGENT.