President Trump puts Venezuela on notice 

Things continue to unravel in Venezuela, as would be dictator Nicolas Maduro continues to defy the will of his people. He is in the process of rewriting the Venezuelan constitution to facilitate his power. President Donald Trump has taken note of this and has issued a strong response in support of the people and democracy. He promises strong actions to be taken against Maduro. Just what does that mean, military or economic action? Read this and see what you might think.

As Written By Jazz Shaw for Hot Air:

There wasn’t much coverage of this in the press last night, but after the Venezuelan people went to the polls and expressed their displeasure with President Nicolas Maduro’s plans to essentially scrap their constitution, the White House issued a surprisingly strong response. President Trump put out a statement saying that we will stand with the people of that country in defense of their democracy and threatened swift action against Maduro if he continues on with his plans.

Yesterday, the Venezuelan people again made clear that they stand for democracy, freedom, and rule of law. Yet their strong and courageous actions continue to be ignored by a bad leader who dreams of becoming a dictator.

The United States will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles. If the Maduro regime imposes its Constituent Assembly on July 30, the United States will take strong and swift economic actions.

The United States once again calls for free and fair elections and stands with the people of Venezuela in their quest to restore their country to a full and prosperous democracy.

The “strong and swift economic actions” are obviously in reference to additional sanctions rather than some sort of military intervention. (Thankfully we still don’t seem to have anyone in either party who’s stupid enough to consider that route.) There’s already been nearly universal condemnation of Maduro’s crackdown on his people and elimination of many of their few trappings of democracy (except from Turkey and a few other authoritarian regimes, of course), but little in the way of direct intervention. Sanctions and other punishments in the field of trade are likely the only tools at our disposal for the …….


Donald Trump just put Venezuela on notice – Hot Air Hot Air

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