12 Aug '17, 7am

DoD: No orders to attack Venezuela

DoD: No orders to attack Venezuela

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has received no orders from the White House to attack Venezuela, spokesman Eric Pahon said Friday. The Pentagon found itself in the unusual position to have to push back on any idea it would deploy troops to Venezuela after President Donald Trump offered at a press briefing Friday that ”a military option is certainly something that we could pursue.” Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro has been violently suppressing his dissenters as his Constituent Assembly works to rewrite the country’s constitution. The U.S. Treasury Department issued sanctions against Venezuela this month against Maduro’s government. A reporter at the briefing asked how his administration planned to address Venezuela’s crisis, Trump suggested U.S. force may be the answer. “I’m not ruling out military options. We have many options for Venezuela,” Trump said. ”This is our neighb...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2017/08/11/dod-n...

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