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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rejected's picture


sorry,,,, I know it's not funny but it is funny considering how many of you poor bastards that voted for LESS wars and more jobs. Looks like it's going to be more wars and less jobs. Well, y'all tried.

mabuhay1's picture

I thought about sending humanitarian aid to Venezuela but food and medicines are just confiscated by the military upon arrival to the country.

dchang0's picture

The same is true for a lot of charity and foreign aid given to Africa. The local warlords, gangs, and terrorist groups confiscate the donations and either resell them or use them for their soldiers/fighters, and the people the gifts are intended for don't get any.

Bemused Observer's picture



Oh my God, I can't help it...Many of us voted for him because he seemed to say he wanted to decrease our 'involvements' overseas. Now he's 'waging war' all over the planet...guy can't even pick a hemisphere and go with it for the day. 


You mark my some point during this Presidency we will invade Canada.

Cutter's picture

Just where would we have the legal right to intercede in Venezuela?

Really, we should sponsor a declaration at the UN, which states that international law applies to everyone, but us.  

The insanity is simply overwhelming.

Herodotus's picture

It would be approved by the Security Council 15-0.

NoWayJose's picture

Why am I not surprised???

franklin23's picture

Stay out. We don't need them and they are not a threat!

Benjamin123's picture

If you buy their oil you are not staying out. Any interaction is interference.

The ideas that countries are all independent and sovereign and dont meddle with each other while conducting open trade and allowing free movement of capital are mutually contradictory.

tuetenueggel's picture

Merica doesn´t want to buy venezuelan oil. They just want to steal it like everything in world.

The stole German and Ukrainian Gold. Stole the lives of many millions of asian and arabien humans.

Go to hell moronic state of war criminals.

Horse Pizzle's picture

President Trump forgot to take his ritalin.

Fake Trump's picture

Only war can save Trump administration. Divert the American people attention of the domestic mess. When he is going to consider military action against Canada for no reasons.

shadow54's picture

The US is doing very well right now. There is no domestic mess. There is a deep state problem because the deep state operates on the idea that Russia is the enemy and can't shift gears to see that US problems are elsewhere and not from Russia.

Eyes Opened's picture

"The US is doing very well right now."

This would be apart from a third of the population "not in the workforce" figure, & thats official...

Or the fact that every day your "constitutional " rights are being pissed on by every governmental institution ?

Or the fact that the ONLY industry in America now seems to be war-related ?


Or ...Seth Rich ??

Or ...Asset forfieture ??

Or... Pizzagate ??

Or.. fuck it.... u get my drift ....

Now tell me again how well the USSA is doing ?? 

shadow54's picture
Trump may seal the deal on US dominance by invading Venezuela because it has the world's largest oil reserves.

The military runs on oil. Venezuela has the largest reserves. Canada next to the US is number three. Saudi Arabia, a US ally is number two.

With these oil supplies secured the US guarantees its world dominance because the military runs on oil, oil, oil.

However, the real probem in Venezuela is that not only are the socialists useless, the US backed capitalists that were in power in the past were also useless.

They need long slow improvement to develop industry, strengthen agriculture and so on and no matter who they elect they get stupid corruption in either socialist or capitalist form.

I have no hope for Venezuela whether socialists or capitalists control it.

Benjamin123's picture

"The military runs on oil" is a worn cliche. I get it, planes need fuel.

The military actually runs on taxes. Taxes run on the economy. The economy runs on oil.

NoBillsOfCredit's picture

Venezuela's oil is really poor quality. Not like Saudi Arabia's oil which is light sweet crude.

Herodotus's picture

For Christ's sake, we are going to burn it, not drink it!

Joiningupthedots's picture

Trump, Deep state et al must be incredibly embarrassing for the sane, level headed Americans out there.


There's picture

President Lies-a-lot is not America's president. Is he leader of the free world, the largest economy and the beacon of hope?

He somehow got elected but has accomplished little more than constant ill informed sophomoric babbling. 

Increasingly treated as irrelevant by congress, the media and the world, his own Administration is constantly forced to

try to make sense of his deranged rantings.

Be a patriot.


tuetenueggel's picture

he´s a zionist puppy, a joo doll in Bibi´s hands.

The longer it lasts, the more I´m convinced, that Hitler didn´t do everything wrong.

NoBillsOfCredit's picture

How does a captain of the ship accomplish anything when the sailors are all drilling holes in the boat?

Herodotus's picture

The United States has no responsibility for Venezuela.  Let Spain deal with it if necessary.

Leotardo's picture

And I thought only Venezuela has the responsibility for Venezuela.

chrbur's picture

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please stop trying to sell us another war.....................

tuetenueggel's picture

The more I listen to his sparkish wording, I doubt of the size of his brain.

A Sandnigger is estimated to an IQ arround 75 - 85

Maybe Trump´s sits a bit lower ?

QuadrupleH's picture

Hyperextension of Hyper Power. Why is anyone surprised?

Bai Suzhen's picture

The only thing that keeps me from supporting the Deep State coup on this guy, is knowing we'd be invading even more places once the neocons reinstall the Clintons.  But hey, equities are as high as they've ever been, and Tesla is floating junk bonds.  And I hear pre season NFL has started, and light beer production is up.  So what's to worry?

africoman's picture

Sure, chump, you got a military option for big disintegration plan Latin American countries among w/c Brazil down, Venezuela in progress.

For now, CIA hands are moving there amidst various rioters and the media taking care of the story, people are eating trash foods etc 

Venezuela is on the rope,$60B China loan is not getting paid and China will soon own one of their oil.

Solio's picture

A war in every pot won't fill hungry bellies.

Greed is King's picture

What the hell has it got to do with America what happens in S.America ?, so what if Maduro is a despot, if that`s the only Reason needed for Trump to illegally engage in yet another regime change via "intervention" (intervention being a polite way of saying invasion), then why the bloody hell does`nt he invade Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Ukraine and several other despotic "allies" of the USA ?.

Trump the pre-election self professed man of peace, the man of no more war is living proof of the world wide commonly held belief that inside every American there`s a mass murdering psychopath waiting to escape.

Miss Informed's picture

We will be greeted as liberators, like we always are.