President Donald Trump didn’t deny the possibility of military intervention against Maduro in Venezuela
“Venezuela is a mess, it is a very dangerous mess, and a very sad situation,” Trump said during remarks to reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey on Friday.
“We have many options for Venezuela, I’m not ruling out military options,” he said.
The remarks were soon supported by United Nations Ambassador Nikkie Haley, National Security Adviser H.R. Mcmaster, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Venezuela is facing a severe economic and political crisis after the prices of oil dropped in early 2014. As the price of oil dropped state coffers which subsidized local goods became empty making it harder and harder to buy the good each citizen needs. In turn, the citizens decide to take what little goods exist and sell them across the border at a slight profit. Creating a highly inefficient system to transfer wealth back to the people in a time where wealth does not exist.
The Natural Response?
These oil shocks ravage the poorly planned socialist economy and the citizens tear each other apart, fighting over the last government provided meal. With the loss of Chavez himself, Maduro has resorted to more extreme actions in order to maintain control which has, in turn, increased the political instability within the nation and greatly harming their economic recovery. The Venezuelan news outlet Runrunes has documented 156 deaths as a result of police brutality against peaceful protesters. As result of these actions, Maduro himself has been placed as a target of multiple sanctions, banning him from even entering the United States.
Although some have opposed the Presidents remarks
A good way to bolster a Latin American dictator now destroying his country’s democracy is to threaten a US invasion. #Venezuela
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) August 11, 2017
Others have supported him. What is your view on Maduro, and on this situation?