Trump: "We have many options for Venezuela, and by the way, I'm not going to rule out a military option." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/uFZzbeThY6— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 11, 2017
On Friday, President Donald Trump said he is not “ruling out” military option in Venezuela.
“We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary,” Trump told reporters while at his golf club in New Jersey.
He was unclear if that implied sending in U.S. troops to lead the operation.
“We don’t talk about it. But a military operation, a military option, is certainly something we could pursue,” he told reporters, offering little details of his plan.
Just this morning, via Twitter, Trump also made it clear that “military solutions” are now “fully in place” should North Korea “act unwisely.”
Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017
Afterward, a White House official made it clear the while Trump’s tweet sounded daunting, it did not reflect a new strategy towards North Korea.
The White House has not provided further clarification on Trump’s comments regarding Venezuela, however, according to CNN, a military intervention in Venezuela was not in the cards earlier this month.
— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) August 11, 2017