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Trump’s military threat is craziness, act of supreme extremism, says Venezuela

There is an extremist elite governing the United States, Venezuela defense minister Vladimir Padrino said.

world Updated: Aug 12, 2017 12:54 IST
US President Donald Trump speaks to the press on Friday at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
US President Donald Trump speaks to the press on Friday at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. (AFP)

US President Donald Trump’s threat of considering military force in Venezuela is “craziness,” the South American country’s defense minister Vladimir Padrino said on Friday.

“This is an act of craziness, an act of supreme extremism,” General Padrino, who is also in charge of Venezuela’s armed forces, told state television.

He was reacting to Trump saying just hours earlier that he was mulling “many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary” because of its escalating political crisis.

“There is an extremist elite governing the United States and honestly I don’t know what’s happening, what is going to happen in the world,” Padrino said. “As a soldier, together with the FANB (Venezuela’s armed forces) and together with the people, I am certain that we will all be in the first ranks defending the interests and sovereignty of our beloved Venezuela.”

The military chief also informed that two renegade officers behind an attack on an army base to raid its armory have been captured.

“The leaders and masterminds of the paramilitary and terrorist assault” last weekend against the base in Valencia were arrested, General Padrino said on Twitter.