Trump says he won't rule out military response to Venezuela

President Donald Trump gestures while speaking following his meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (AP photo)

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said Friday that he wouldn't rule out military action against Venezuela in response to the country's descent into political chaos following President Nicolas Maduro's power grab.

Speaking to reporters at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, Trump bemoaned the country's growing humanitarian crisis and declared that all options remain on the table _ including a potential military intervention.

"We have many options for Venezuela and by the way, I'm not going to rule out a military option,'' Trump volunteered, adding, "A military operation and military option is certainly something that we could pursue.''

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