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Venezuelan cardinal rejects US military intervention

A Venezuelan cardinal rejected the possibility of foreign intervention in the country following US President Donald Trump’s threat to pursue a military option.

“The crisis we Venezuelans are suffering is so serious that now an external problem arises: the threats of a military option by President Trump,” Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas said.

The cardinal spoke on 13th August after celebrating the 150th anniversary of the consecration of his archdiocese’s cathedral. He rejected the assertion that foreign military intervention could solve the crisis Venezuela is experiencing.

“I – and I am sure all the Venezuelan bishops – reject all foreign military interference, such as the Cuban one present for some time in Venezuela,” Cardinal Urosa said, “and I do not agree with the threat of a military option.”

After a meeting on 11th August with Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State, Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations and HR McMaster, national security adviser, Trump told journalists that a military intervention was “certainly something that we could pursue.”

Picture: Demonstrators gather at a roadblock to protest President Nicolas Maduro’s government. (CNS photo/Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Reuters).