The Trump administration has taken a hard stance against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, resulting in several sanctions against the country from the United States. With the possibility of a military option from the US also looming over Maduro’s head, it seems the Venezuelan president has had enough. He announced to his Army that they should be ready to fight American soldiers.
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On Monday, during a military drill, Maduro told his military officials to have “rifles, missiles and well-oiled tanks at the ready.”
“We have been shamelessly threatened by the most criminal empire that ever existed and we have the obligation to prepare ourselves to guarantee peace,” Maduro added, according to the Time of India.
Fox News reported in August that financial sanctions were placed on Venezuela’s government officials and some of its most affluent citizens. The ban bars American finance companies from lending any money to Venezuela.
Maduro allegedly spoke over the weekend on the sanctions during a military training exercise. According to Newsweek, Maduro said: “The future of humanity cannot be the world of illegal sanctions, of economic persecution.”
On Sept 19, President Trump tweeted that he and the American government want “restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela.”
But it may get worse before it gets better. According to sources, violent clashes between anti-government organizations and Maduro’s troops are occurring daily.
The lack of funds have all but crippled the country, and food shortages have ravaged the nation with rabbits becoming the primary food source.
Tensions are coming to a head, and the US may not have to get involved at all. According to Reuters, unnamed officials who are close to president claim that a military coup could be in the works to overthrow Maduro.
Military coups are nothing new to Venezuela. Since 1992, three military coups have been orchestrated, two of which were successful.
Trump has made his stance clear on Venezuela, but with the United States’ ever-growing feud with North Korea, a military operation in Venezuela may have to take a back seat to a bigger threat.