Military Action in Venezuela! What?
Size:88% this is "Kcal 9 news" at jeff: things for joining us I'm jeff vaughn. Leyna: and I'm leyna nguyen. President trump's doubling down on his warnings to north korea as the war of words ramps up. The president focused on another trouble spot that is where the parties not ruling out military action there. Political reporter dave bryan joins us with the latest on that.
Align:start for. I don't think anyone saw this one coming to people at the pentagon had no idea. Even as he turns up the heat on north korea president trump pulled off a shocker I suggesting he's considering whether to use force and venezuela a country that is hitting rock autumn and president nicholas maduro could the trump administration is called the dictator is shutting down the parliament while food and medicine aren't dangerously short supply. This week the streets of caracas have sometimes looked more like a war zone with battles between angry protesters and the national police force.
Size:88% its economy shattered by plunging oil prices and a one-sided national referendum that would give the tutorial powers to venezuela's controversial president. The city is marked by long lines of people trying to buy bread skyrocketing inflation and empty shelves for food and medicine should be for sale.
All of this has reduced venezuela to a state of chaos revolt and anger and as president trump dropped a shocker and reporters when asked about america's options for dealing with venezuela. We have many options for venezuela and by the way I'm not going to rely the military option. We have many options for venezuela. This is our neighbor. We are all over the world. We have troops all over the world in places that are very far away.
Line:92% reporter: the president making the case that venezuela is too close to home to risk the chaos or dictatorship spilling into the neighborhood. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering and bayard dying. We have many options for venezuela including a possible military option if necessary. Reporter: that rock former defense secretary leon panetta who told "Cnn" in the middle of a nuclear crisis with north korea the president should not making loose statements about a military option in venezuela. The president in the middle of a press conference talks about military options in venezuela raising the prospect that somehow he's thinking about using military force in venezuela. At some point the president has to recognize as commander-in-chief and as the world leader he is going to have to speak with some degree of steadiness and responsibility.
Line:92% reporter: is for north korea to present lanes past administrations for the mess he is now acing about which he said this. Nobody is done the job they're supposed to be doing and that's why we are in this horrible situation right now. It is a very bad situation and a very dangerous situation. It will not continue I can tell you. Reporter: he issued a new round of warnings to north korea that would unleash the full power and the wrath of the american military, the president reading military solutions are only in place locked and loaded should north korea act unwisely.
Line:92% hopefully kim jong-un will find another path. Later the president all it up on the tweet. I hope that they are going to fully understand the gravity of what I said and what I said is what I mean. Those words are easy to understand. Reporter: the president charged that kim jong-un has been abusing the world for too long.
Line:92% this man will not get away with what he's doing. If he does anything with respect to guam or anyplace else that's an american territory or an american ally he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast. Despite all the threats and taunts from the president this week the pentagon says it isn't sending any more battleships to the korean peninsula now nor is it mobilizing forces there and "The news york times" reporting there haven't been any evacuations of the tens of thousands of americans living in south korea or from venezuela for that matter. Reporter: is any sign at any sign at all that the trump administration has a possible way out of this north korea crisis? Reporter: there aren't a lot of signs that's for sure but there were a few hands today that some progress might be taking place.
For one thing president trump announced he would be speaking by telephone with china's president xi jinping about the north korea crisis. That could mean china's getting more involved to set up direct negotiations between the u.S. And north korea and the president balances tough remarks with a few mentions of being hopeful that this can all be worked out. Also secretary of state rex tillerson told reporters the.
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