[Ed. – And that would be what, exactly?]
The top U.S. diplomat in Caracas, charge d’affaires Lee McClenny, was asked to come to the federal building known as the Yellow House on Saturday, the Associated Press reported. The U.S. and Venezuela have not exchanged ambassadors since 2010.
Trump weighed in on Venezuela’s turmoil during a brief news conference Friday at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. “Venezuela is not very far away, and the people are suffering, and they’re dying,” he said. “We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary.”
The president declined to say whether the U.S. would seek to overthrow Maduro. He gave no specifics on what the U.S. would do militarily or whether it would act unilaterally.
Vice President Mike Pence flies to South America on Sunday, with stops planned in Colombia, Argentina and Chile over several days. On the eve of Pence’s arrival, the government of Colombia rejected Trump’s hint at intervention in a statement condemning “military measures and the use of force.”
Trump’s comment also triggered a negative response from a fellow Republican, Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a member of the Armed Services Committee.