BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – The U.S. is seriously considering military intervention in Venezuela to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, a senior Trump administration official told reporters on Friday, as reported by Sputnik.
“Frankly, and also a military option, which is, President Trump has said, on the table, and remains on the table. It’s a very serious option, obviously … none would like to see, but clearly, one that is seriously considered as events unfold”, the official said on Friday.
A senior Trump administration official told reporters that the United States on Friday imposed a new round of sanctions against vessels and companies linked to Venezuela’s oil giant PDVSA at the request of the country’s National Assembly.
Earlier on Friday, US Vice President Mike Pence had announced sanctions on 34 vessels owned or operated by PDVSA as well as two firms transferring Venezuelan oil to Cuba.
“We acted upon the request from the Venezuelan National Assembly in sanctioning those companies and some of their vessels that are involved in this transport and shipment as well as… over 30 ships, I think it was 34 ships belonging to PDVSA also involved in that shipment”, the official said.
The Trump administration has repeatedly called on President Maduro to resign from his role as the Venezuelan leader in order to pave the way for opposition leader Juan Guiado to take over.