Venezuela has been currenly facing a political crisis that escalated after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president. The United States and several of its allies immediately recognized Guaido as interim president.
Venezuela will be guarding its borders and “won’t tolerate any foreign interference” no matter what side it comes from, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said on Sunday.
“We are always ready to protect our territory and our values… No one should doubt that if we are attacked, we will respond,” she noted.
The official’s statement comes after earlier in the day US President Donald Trump has called a US military intervention in Venezuela’s current political crisis an “option”, CBS broadcasted him saying in the interview.
“Well I don’t want to say that but certainly it’s something that’s on the — it’s an option,” Donald Trump said when asked about military intervention and America’s national security interests during the interview.
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He further noted that Venezuela was “a very important part of the world”, where rampant crime and widespread poverty have led to anguish among the local population.
Despite the concern Washington has voiced regarding Venezuela’s current affairs, when Trump was approached by the administration of President Nicolas Maduro with a request to have a meeting, he said he rejected it.Venezuela has been recently going through a political crisis, which further escalated after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in turn, has repeatedly accused Washington of orchestrating a coup in his country in a bid to oust him and even suggested in an interview with Sputnik that US President Donald Trump had ordered the “Colombian mafia” to kill him.