Politics GOP senator: Congress 'obviously' not authorizing war in Venezuela

16:35  12 august  2017
16:35  12 august  2017 Source:   thehill.com

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“No, Congress obviously isn’t authorizing war in Venezuela ,” Sasse, a member of the Senate Armed Services committee, said in a statement. “Nicolas Maduro is a horrible human being, but Congress doesn’t vote to spill Nebraskans’ blood based on who the Executive lashes out at today.”

“No, Congress obviously isn’t authorizing war in Venezuela ,” Sasse, a member of the Senate Armed Services committee, said in a statement. “Nicolas Maduro is a horrible human being, but Congress doesn’t vote to spill Nebraskans’ blood based on who the Executive lashes out at today.”

GOP senator on Trump's Venezuela remarks: Congress 'obviously' not authorizing war: Sen. Ben Sasse responded after President Trump's remarks about unrest in Venezuela. © Provided by The Hill Sen. Ben Sasse responded after President Trump's remarks about unrest in Venezuela. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) fired back at President Trump on Friday, saying Congress "obviously isn't authorizing war in Venezuela" after Trump said he wouldn't rule out using a military option in the country.

"No, Congress obviously isn't authorizing war in Venezuela," Sasse, a member of the Senate Armed Services committee, said in a statement. "Nicolas Maduro is a horrible human being, but Congress doesn't vote to spill Nebraskans' blood based on who the Executive lashes out at today."

In remarks to reporters at his New Jersey golf club on Friday, Trump said he wouldn't rule out a "possible military option" in Venezuela.

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GOP senator takes shot at Trump for threatening Venezuela with war . Ben Sasse in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on January 10, 2017. (Photo by AFP). A US Republican senator says Congress would “ obviously ” not authorize war against Venezuela after President Donald

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"Venezuela is not very far away, and the people are suffering and they're dying," he continued. "We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary."

Trump declined to say whether American troops would lead a possible military effort in Venezuela, saying: "We don't talk about it."

"But a military operation, a military option is certainly something that we could pursue," he said.

Anti-government demonstrators wave Venezuelan national flags during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on Tuesday.© Wil Riera Anti-government demonstrators wave Venezuelan national flags during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on Tuesday. Pentagon officials cooled the intensity of speculation caused by Trump's statement Friday night, saying they had not received any new orders regarding Venezuela. Allegations by the Venezuelan president that the U.S. is planning an invasion in the country are "baseless," a spokesperson said in a statement.

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Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) immediately issued a statement, contradicting Trump. “No, Congress obviously isn’t authorizing war in Venezuela . While President Trump and the rest of the GOP claim to care about DACA recipients, their actions speak louder than words.

Senator Ben Sasse(R-Neb.) is among those who has commented on Trump’s comment that he was considering a military option to deal with the situation in Venezuela . Congress obviously isn’t authorizing war in Venezuela .

Venezuela has seen civil unrest in recent weeks after the results of an election to rewrite the country's constitution. The Trump administration slapped new sanctions on President Nicolas Maduro and his associates following the election.

The State Department also ordered the families of U.S. diplomats to leave Venezuela last month because of "social unrest, violent crime, and pervasive food and medicine shortages."


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<p>Venezuela is preparing an international summit to rally support for an all-powerful lawmaking body, whose recent creation drew widespread foreign condemnation as a power grab by leftist President Nicolas Maduro.</p>Venezuela is preparing an international summit to rally support for an all-powerful lawmaking body, whose recent creation drew widespread foreign condemnation as a power grab by leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

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