WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Thursday that he is considering a blockade of Venezuela, a country that has vexed his administration even as the president has sought to use its socialism as a 2020 campaign theme.
Trump made the remarks as departed the White House for a campaign rally in Cincinnati. He did not elaborate or provide details on when he might decide.
Asked if he was considering a blockade or a quarantine on Venezuela, the president replied, “Yes, I am.”
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A showdown between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido sparked violence and unrest in the South American country this year. The U.S. and dozens of other countries have called on Maduro to step down.
Contributing: Deirdre Shesgreen
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