Pence to offer 'carrots' to Venezuela military, warnings to judges

Pence to offer 'carrots' to Venezuela military, warnings to judges

Moreover, a number of high-ranking USA officials have repeatedly stated that all options remain on the table with regard to the Venezuelan crisis, including military action.

Even though his coup attempt failed last week, Guaido claims that it is "clearly visible that the armed forces no longer support Maduro".

Donald Trump rose to power questioning and criticizing Washington's global wars, but his government is considering putting American boots on the ground in Venezuela, though there's still confusion about the USA policy towards the country.

Vice-President Mike Pence on Tuesday said the United States would "consider sanctions relief for all those who step up".

The country's opposition-controlled National Assembly declared Juan Guaidó interim president in January, but President Nicolás Maduro has maintained his grip on power, despite months of demonstrations and USA sanctions.

Washington "will consider sanctions relief for all those who step up for the constitution and support the rule of law", Pence said. Turmoil between the President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó peaked last week when Guaidó called for protests against the president. The five-month mission will help relieve pressure on countries that have taken in large numbers of people fleeing Venezuela, the Pentagon said. In 2018, an average of 5,000 people left the country each day in search of protection or better circumstances and 2.7 million Venezuelans are being hosted in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the United Nations.

In 2017, the Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the court's president, Maikel Moreno, and the seven principal members of its constitutional chamber.

The Guaido-led legislature said it planned to debate a proposal Tuesday for Venezuela to re-enter a Cold-War era regional defense agreement that it withdrew from years ago. It is now preparing sanctions for the 25 remaining members of the court, a senior U.S. administration official said on Monday.

Earlier, Venezuela's Supreme Court opened a criminal action against seven opposition lawmakers for treason and rebellion.

The court would be responsible for signing off on any warrant for an arrest of Guaido - a move the US official emphasized would have severe consequences.

"I believe that Juan Guaido would already be acting as president of all of Venezuela if the Cubans have not been present", Thornberry said, adding that the US should avoid "direct military engagement" in Venezuela, but also make sure not to rule it out if necessary.

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