Published: Wed, January 30, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Pentagon won't rule out sending troops to Colombia

Pentagon won't rule out sending troops to Colombia

The appearance was broadcast on national television and was followed by a speech by Maduro.

Meanwhile, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is also running as a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said Monday night that Bolton has now made clear that the US actions against Venezuela-just like in Iraq and elsewhere-is really about the country's oil reserves.

Representatives for the National Security Council and the Pentagon could not be immediately reached for comment.

The US has taken a strong stance against the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, announcing that it recognises Juan Guaidó, who heads the opposition, as the legitimate leader of the country.

Sending U.S. military troops to Colombia would escalate tensions with Venezuela, even as its opposition leader Juan Guaido has said a peaceful transition of power is possible, although all options were on the table.

Asked if Bolton's note meant the US was planning to send troops to Venezuela's neighbor, a White House spokesman simply reiterated Trump's "all options are on the table" declaration.

When asked whether the "all options" remarks included military action, Bolton told reporters in Venezuela on January 24, "I think that speaks for itself". A US military force in Colombia would be well positioned to respond if Maduro attempts to forcibly evict the remaining American diplomatic presence, or if he arrests or otherwise takes action against Guard. One U.S. official on condition of anonymity told Reuters they "have seen nothing to support" Bolton's annotation.

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Colombia's foreign minister Carlos Holmes said in a brief statement on Monday that he does not know the "importance and reason" for Mr Bolton's note.

During the briefing, economic sanctions against Venezuela's state owned oil company were announced in an effort to force Venezuelan President Maduro to step down. The Treasury Department said the oil firm has always been a vehicle for corruption for Venezuelan officials and businessmen.

Acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan declined to say on Tuesday the option of sending more U.S. troops to Colombia is being considered.

In the meantime, the U.S.

As of yet, there has been no announcement of U.S. military interference in Venezuela. On Jan. 24, the Department ordered the departures of non-emergency US government employees and family members. "It'd be good for the people of the United States". Russian Federation and China have invested heavily in the oil-rich country for years through loans and energy deals. While U.S. troops withdrawals are assumed to be part of that, the obvious speculation included the idea that less troops in Afghanistan would allow for redeployment to Latin America.

John Bolton states regime change in Venezuela is about the country's oil.

Whilst China and Russian Federation have pledged their support for Maduro with the latter accusing the USA of trying to seize power in Venezuela. The 35-year-old has called for democratic elections free from corruption.

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