President Trump issues a stark warning to Cuba for its suspected involvement in keeping Venezuelan Dictator Nicolas Maduro in power.
The president issued the warning to Cuba via twitter on Tuesday saying if Cuban troops do not stop operations he will issue an embargo and sanctions targeting the island nation.
President Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday saying he was monitoring the attempted military coup in Venezuela “very closely.”
The president went on to say, “The United States stands with the people of Venezuela and their Freedom!”
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, National Security Adviser John Bolton suggested the Cuban troops were inhibiting the peaceful transition of power through democracy.
….embargo, together with highest-level sanctions, will be placed on the island of Cuba. Hopefully, all Cuban soldiers will promptly and peacefully return to their island!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2019
Bolton also mentioned “all options” are still being considered to deal with the political chaos in Venezuela.
That being said, military intervention could still be an option in an effort to ensure Maduro is ousted.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has also weighed in on the situation, saying Russian officials encouraged Maduro to stay in Venezuela instead of fleeing to Cuba.
The United States will continue to sever the ties between Cuba and Venezuela. Cuba’s survival has depended on the suffocation of Venezuelan democracy and freedom, but Cuba’s hold over Venezuela will end as the Venezuelan people stand for freedom.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) April 30, 2019
Though Cuba has denied the claims, reports suggest there are around 20,000 Cuban troops in Venezuela helping Maduro remain in power.