WASHINGTON — President Trump has denied ideas the US authorities was behind a failed coup to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and produce him to the US — saying he would invade with a big military as an alternative, if he needed to.
Two ex-US particular forces troopers had been amongst dozens of individuals arrested over the weekend for attempting to topple the socialist strongman — with Maduro accusing Trump of being “the direct chief of this invasion.”
“Now we have nothing to do with it. If I needed to go into Venezuela, I wouldn’t make a secret about it,” Trump advised “Fox and Mates” on Friday morning, denying the dictator’s expenses.
“I’d go in, I’d go in they usually would do nothing about it, they would roll over,” he stated, including, “I wouldn’t send a small little group — it would be referred to as a military.”
Venezuela has fallen into chaos below Maduro’s reign, with the nation in a deep financial disaster that has pressured practically 5 million to flee.
Describing the operation as a “rogue group,” Trump stated the mercenaries launched a haphazard assault after they had been arrested on the seaside and walked to shore at gunpoint by Venezuelan police.
“I don’t know an excessive amount of about it. This was a rogue group that went in there, plenty of Venezuelans, I believe folks from different international locations additionally,” Trump stated.
“I noticed their photos on a seaside. It wasn’t led by Normal George Washington, clearly, this was not assault. I believe they had been caught earlier than they ever hit land however I do know nothing about it, I say that the federal government has nothing to do with it in any respect,” he stated.
“I’ve to discover out what occurred, but when we ever did something with Venezuela, it wouldn’t be that manner, it would be a barely totally different, it would be referred to as an invasion,” he added.