Pompeo on the possibility of Venezuela intervention: 'We have a full range of options'

Pompeo on the possibility of Venezuela intervention: 'We have a full range of options'
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization West Bank annexation would endanger Israel's security House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump MORE said Sunday that the Trump administration is preparing for a "full range of options" amid political turmoil in Venezuela.

“We have a full range of options that we’re preparing for,” he said on ABC's "This Week." 

He added that the options include “diplomatic options, political options, options with our allies and then ultimately a set of options that would involve use of U.S. military.” 

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“We’re preparing those for him so that when the situation arises, we’re not flatfooted,” he added.  

When asked whether the president believed that he can intervene militarily without congressional approval, Pompeo demurred. 

 “The president has his full range of Article 2 authorities and I’m very confident that any action we took in Venezuela would be lawful.”

The political crisis in Venezuela reached new levels last week when opposition leader Juan Guaidó, whom President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE recognizes as the country's interim president, attempted to get the military to force President Nicolás Maduro out of power. The move was unsuccessful, as top military officials did not support Guaidó's move. 

Trump's national security adviser, John BoltonJohn BoltonThe shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley The key impeachment hearings are before an appeals court, not the House Judiciary panel Beyond the myth of Sunni-Shia wars in the Middle East MORE, has indicated support for intervention, but Trump has said multiple options are on the table.