Venezuela calls US President Donald Trump military threat 'craziness'

US President Donald Trump's threat of considering military force in Venezuela is "craziness," the South American country's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said Friday.

Published: 12th August 2017 08:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2017 08:45 AM   |  A+A-

Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez waves as he arrives for a session of the Constitutional Assembly at the National Assembly building in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. | AP

By AFP

CARACAS: US President Donald Trump's threat of considering military force in Venezuela is "craziness," the South American country's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said Friday.

"This is an act of craziness, an act of supreme extremism," General Padrino, who is also in charge of Venezuela's armed forces, told state television.

He was reacting to Trump saying just hours earlier that he was mulling "many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary" because of its escalating political crisis.

"There is an extremist elite governing the United States and honestly I don't know what's happening, what is going to happen in the world," Padrino said.

"As a soldier, together with the FANB (Venezuela's armed forces) and together with the people, I am certain that we will all be in the first ranks defending the interests and sovereignty of our beloved Venezuela."

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