Colombia Criticizes Trump’s Comments on Venezuela

The government of Colombia is also rejecting President Donald Trump’s suggestion of a possible “military option” to resolve the deepening crisis in Venezuela.

The Foreign Ministry says in a statement that it condemns “military measures and the use of force,” and that all efforts to resolve Venezuela’s crisis should be peaceful and respect its sovereignty.

President Juan Manuel Santos has called his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro a dictator and held out the possibility of breaking off diplomatic relations if Maduro doesn’t reverse course on measures seen as increasingly authoritarian.

Saturday’s statement by the Foreign Ministry reiterated concerns about a “breakdown in the democratic order” in Venezuela and called for the U.N. secretary-general to help negotiate a solution.

The reaction from Washington’s staunchest ally in South America comes a day before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Colombia to begin a four-nation tour of the region.

U.S. officials previewing the trip before Trump’s remarks said Venezuela is expected to feature prominently in Pence’s discussions with leaders.

Source: Associated Press