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Trump leaves ‘military option’ on the table for Venezuela, which he calls as threatening as North Korea

Iran and North Korea have aggressive militaries and nuclear ambitions. But authoritarian Venezuela could cause problems in the US's neighborhood.
A Russian Tu-160 strategic bomber at the MAKS-2005 international air show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, August 16, 2005.

After a spat with the US, Russian bombers in Venezuela carried out drills over the Caribbean

The arrival of two Russian bombers in Venezuela ignited a war of words with the US, and days later the bombers drilled over the Caribbean.
A Russian Tu-160 strategic bomber.

The US and Russia are trading shots after Moscow sent 2 bombers to visit the US’ biggest foe in the hemisphere

Russia's ties to Venezuela are longstanding, but despite the arrival of two Russian bombers there, that support may have its limits.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a military parade to celebrate the 195th anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo, next to Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, in Caracas, June 24, 2016.

Trump is reportedly getting ready to put Venezuela on the state sponsors of terror list

The Trump administration is reportedly exploring naming Venezuela as a state sponsor of terror—a designation that only four countries currently hold.
President Donald Trump with Colombian President Ivan Duque during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York City, September 25, 2018.

Trump and John Kelly joked about the suspected drone attack on Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro

President Donald Trump has repeatedly described Venezuela as a threat to the US and the region, and when asked on Tuesday about how he plans to address that threat, Trump took a swipe at the Venezuelan military.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at an event in Caracas, February 7, 2018.

Officials keep talking about intervening in Venezuela, and it’s drawing an ominous comparison

Since Trump's unexpected declaration that military action was an option in Venezuela, the US government has kept the pressure up, but the region is widely resistant to military intervention.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ate at Nusr Et, Salt Bae’s restaurant, in Istanbul on Monday.

Venezuela’s president ate steak at Salt Bae’s restaurant while people in his country are starving

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ate at the Istanbul restaurant of Salt Bae — real name Nusret Gokce — on Monday. Food at the restaurant, Nusr Et, is very expensive, giving Maduro's decision to eat there a striking contrast to Venezuela's hyperinflation, powers cuts, and food shortages.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a military parade to celebrate the 195th anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo, next to Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, in Caracas, June 24, 2016.

Trump admin officials reportedly met secretly with Venezuelan military leaders who were plotting a coup

Trump administration officials reportedly met in secret with Venezuelan military officials to discuss plans to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro. A report from the New York Times says officials did not ultimately go through with the coup, the meetings could damage relations with Venezuela.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez at a military parade in Caracas, June 24, 2016.

Days after a bizarre drone attack, Venezuela’s government may be getting ready for another crackdown on the military

It's still not totally clear who was responsible for carrying out a drone attack on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, but he appears ready for another crackdown on political rivals and potential challengers.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro abruptly cut his speech short on August 4, 2018. His wife can be seen on the left, ducking from the loud noise.

Confusion still abounds about what caused the explosion in Venezuela, but experts warn Maduro will use it as an excuse to consolidate power either way...

After an explosion went off Saturday while Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was giving a speech, he accused the opposition of attempting to assassinate him. Whatever happened, experts say the incident made Maduro look vulnerable, and will probably lead to him concentrating power even further.