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 PompeoWatchdog confirms State Dept. canceled award for journalist who criticized Trump Trump's push for win with Sudan amps up pressure on Congress  Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 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.” 


“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 TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act 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 BoltonJudge appears skeptical of Bolton's defense of publishing book without White House approval Maximum pressure is keeping US troops in Iraq and Syria Woodward book trails Bolton, Mary Trump in first-week sales MORE, has indicated support for intervention, but Trump has said multiple options are on the table.