«All options are on the table». This brief statement of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, portrays the magnitude of the critical situation facing Venezuela, country who lived another new January 23 which will be marked on your calendar.
During a ceremony at the White House, asked by journalists if arises a choice military in Venezuela, where Nicolas Maduro does not accept to hand over power to the Chief of the Venezuelan Parliament, Juan Guaidó, Trump replied: «No we are considering nothing) (en particular), but all options are on the table «, said. The brief statement from Trump made shortly before Maduro announced the rupture of diplomatic and political relations with the United States Government, and gave 72 hours to its diplomatic personnel so that you leave the Embassy. «Outside, leave Venezuela. «Here there’s enough of interventionism, dignity, hell, there are people ready to defend this land», Maduro said in a forceful speech from the Presidential Palace, a crowd of followers who also moved this day.
Opposition and Government supporters took to the streets again to measure forces in Venezuela on January 23, when that marks the end of the dictatorship of Marcos Pérez Jiménez in 1958.
International recognition Maduro ultimatum came after United States recognition of guided, as legitimate Interim President. The recognition of Washington joined members of the Lima group (Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Peru), demonstrating mature regional isolation.
Only Cuba and Bolivia remained firm with Maduro, in both Mexico and Uruguay declared that only recognize the constitutionally force power, marking distance to operate in block of the rest of the Nations of the continent.
In a statement, the countries of the Group of Lima voiced support for the «beginning of the democratic transition process» in Venezuela within the framework of its Constitution in order to hold new elections in the shortest time with the participation of all political actors.
Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) expressed its «full support» to the National Assembly of Venezuela as the institution elected democratically in the country, and called for «immediately» begin the process to hold a «credible» election, without a recognition explicit of Juan Guaidó, as the country’s interim President.
Penalties while the U.S. Government has not officially reacted to the ultimatum of Maduro to diplomatic personnel, some Washington sources pointed out that the threat «means nothing», since it is not considered as President legitimate.
For its part, the Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who met Tuesday with Trump and urged him to recognize as guided President, pointed out that «Maduro has no legal authority to break off relations with United States or expel our diplomats. The President is the legal authority @jguaido (guided), which has called on U.S. and other Nations that are left in Venezuela. USA not should obey this illegitimate demand».
However, on the table it is also the possibility that U.S. could take new economic and diplomatic measures against Venezuela.
A senior U.S. official, who requested anonymity, told reporters that Washington «hardly has scratched the surface» of their choices in terms of economic sanctions against Caracas, and warned of reprisals.
«If Maduro and his cronies choose to respond with violence, damage to any of the (AN) National Assembly or other officials duly elected have to adopt all options on the table», said the official, who requested anonymity.
The US President warned for the first time in August of 2017 that he did not rule out possible military action against Venezuela, and since then his Administration has kept that option on the table, although Government sources that you have never been shuffling in serious option of a ground invasion.