Trump: "We Have A Military Option For Venezuela"

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.

Comments

HRClinton Give Me Some Truth Sat, 08/12/2017 - 09:08 Permalink

<  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.

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Low-Withers TitsupBallyWho Fri, 08/11/2017 - 20:11 Permalink

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.

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Give Me Some Truth Duc888 Fri, 08/11/2017 - 21:28 Permalink

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. 

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Kaiser Sousa Fri, 08/11/2017 - 18:51 Permalink

A complete fucking loud mouth wolf ticket selling asshole... brought 2 u courtesy yet again of Ameridumbs MoneyChanger overlords...TRUMP SHUT UR FUCKING PIE HOLE...