Trump refused phone call with Venezuelan president


The government of Colombia has rejected United States President Donald Trump's suggestion of a possible "military option" to resolve the deepening crisis in Venezuela.

President Trump, in the midst of a week of high tensions with North Korea over its nuclear program, on Friday introduced the possibility of another military confrontation - with Venezuela - surprising most observers.

In response, the White House said Mr Trump would gladly speak to his Venezuelan counterpart, when democracy had been restored in the country. It's our neighbor. We have troops all over the world, in places that are very far away. He said the people in Venezuela were "suffering and they are dying".

Any transactions with the government of Venezuela or any of the South American country's state agencies will in future require prior permission from the bank, according to an internal Credit Suisse memorandum seen by "Reuters" on Thursday.

Senator Ben Sasse criticized Trump on Friday night for the president's remarks made earlier in the day in New Jersey.

The Trump administration in turn has called Maduro a "dictator" and issued sanctions against him and more than two dozen other former and current officials.

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"The United States stands with the people of Venezuela in the face of their continued oppression by the Maduro regime", the statement continued.

The sanctions will freeze USA assets of the officials targeted, ban them from travel to the United States, and prohibit Americans from doing business with them.

When asked about military options following Trump's comments Friday, a USA official told ABC News that "the State Department still has the lead".

Trump said a military option was "certainly something that we could pursue".

The constituent assembly, which the United States as well as the European Union and many Latin American countries have said they will not recognize, immediately granted itself the power to overrule the National Assembly following its July 30 election.

When a paranoid loon like Nicolas Maduro tells his people for years that the readying an invasion and then the US president pulls a "military option" out of the blue, Trump makes Maduro look like a soothsayer. Maduro has said the constituent assembly is the country's only chance at securing peace and prosperity.