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 PompeoPompeo: Countries should reject China's demands to repatriate Uighurs Trump says he will consider releasing transcript of Ukraine call White House officials, Giuliani come to Trump's defense on Ukraine allegations 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's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' 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 BoltonTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser Bolton replacement inherits tough challenges — including Trump The John Boltons of Iran are on the rise MORE, has indicated support for intervention, but Trump has said multiple options are on the table.