Cuba responds to Trump's threat: You're lying. We have no troops there.
President Donald Trump just caused some heart palpitations around the world a few hours ago when he claimed that Cuba needs to immediately cease military operations in Venezuela. There's only one major problem with this, though. Venezuela claims: 'we have no troops there.'
Here was Trump blowing up on Twitter:
"If Cuban Troops and Militia do not immediately CEASE military and other operations for the purpose of causing death and destruction to the Constitution of Venezuela, a full and complete......embargo, together with highest-level sanctions, will be placed on the island of Cuba. Hopefully, all Cuban soldiers will promptly and peacefully return to their island!"
Cuba's foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, was quick to provide a response:
"US Nat Sec Advisor Bolton is pathological liar who misinforms Trump. There are no Cuban troops in
#Venezuela; nor are there any Cubans taking part in military or security operations there. Only medical staff in humanitarian mission. I strongly reject Trump’s total blockade threat."
So, there's that.
It looks like Trump is looking for an excuse to intervene in Venezuela, a situation that has been brewing for months now.
According to the Washington Post, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro had planned to step down and leave the country until his ally Russia persuaded him to stay. This likely isn't what the U.S. had in mind, which claims that Maduro still needs to step down.
“He was headed for Havana,” Pompeo said in the CNN interview late Tuesday.
“Fire up the plane,” Pompeo said of Maduro, which suggests Maduro wouldn't be harmed as long as he left peacefully. “He knows our expectations.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says it's time for Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro to "leave," adding, "He has no answers for the Venezuelan people and the United States is determined to assist the Venezuelan people in restoring democracy." https://t.co/qvcZ5hEEoP pic.twitter.com/yaxAj7wS7o— CNN (@CNN) April 30, 2019
Right now, while the situation in the country remains unresolved, it's possible a military intervention can happen. Trump is expressing support for an uprising led by opposition leader Juan Guaidó and said that he is "monitoring" it intensely.
National Security Advisor John Bolton says "all options are on the table."
"We want as our principle objective a peaceful transfer of power," but "all options are on the table," White House national security adviser John Bolton says when asked if the U.S. is prepared to use the military option to support Juan Guiado in Venezuela. https://t.co/V9dPDF2Jyo pic.twitter.com/heKyAu3S7z— ABC News (@ABC) April 30, 2019