Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro changes the epaulette of a soldier during a promotion ceremony in Caracas, Venezuela July 2, 2018. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS
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BOGOTA: As a meeting last August in the Oval Office to discuss sanctions on Venezuela was concluding, U.S. President Donald Trump turned to his top aides and asked an unsettling question: With a fast unraveling Venezuela threatening regional security, why can't the U.S. just simply invade the troubled country?The public remarks were initially dismissed in U.S. policy circles as the sort of martial bluster people have come to expect from the reality TV star turned commander in chief.But shortly after, he raised the issue with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, according to the U.S. official. Trump then went around asking each leader if they were sure they didn't want a military solution, according to the official, who added that each leader told Trump in clear terms they were sure.For Maduro, who has long claimed the U.S. has military designs on Venezuela and its vast oil reserves, Trump's bellicose talk provided the unpopular leader with an immediate if short-lived boost as he was trying to escape blame for widespread food shortages and hyperinflation.Even some of the staunchest U.S. allies were begrudgingly forced to side with Maduro in condemning Trump's saber rattling.
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