Head of international group threatens military response in Venezuela

Venezuela’s crackpot president has another reason not to sleep well at night.

The head of the Organization of American States joined President Trump in holding out the threat of a military intervention there to restore democracy and ease the country’s humanitarian crisis.

OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro delivered the warning in a visit Friday to Colombia’s border with Venezuela. He also denounced Maduro’s socialist “dictatorship” for spurring a region-wide migration crisis.

“With respect to a military intervention to overthrow Nicolas Maduro’s regime, I don’t think any option should be ruled out,” Almagro said.

“Diplomatic actions should be the first priority but we shouldn’t rule out any action,” he added.

Almagro has been Maduro’s most outspoken critic in Latin America, but until Friday he hadn’t been willing to go as far as Trump, who last year raised the possibility of a “military option” against Maduro. In several meetings with aides and Latin American leaders last year, Trump also discussed the possibility of a U.S. invasion of the South American nation.

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