President Donald Trump on Friday said he would not rule out a “military option” in Venezuela.
“We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary,” Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf club on Friday.
The president did not answer a question about 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.
The Trump administration has issued 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.