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Trump Threatens Military Action in Venezuela: A Closer Look

Trump Threatens Military Action in Venezuela: A Closer Look

-President Trump has been
floating the possibility of using military force
in Venezuela. For more on this,
it’s time for “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ] You might recall that during
the presidential campaign, Trump tried to pretend
that he was anti-war. Despite supporting the Iraq war
at the time, he claimed repeatedly
that he was against it and even confronted Jeb Bush
to his face about his brother’s decision
to invade Iraq. -Obviously, the war in Iraq was
a big fat mistake, all right? The war in Iraq, we spent
$2 trillion, thousands of lives. We don’t even have it. Iran is taking over Iraq with the second-largest
oil reserves in the world. Obviously, it was a mistake. George Bush made a mistake. We can make mistakes.
But that one was a beauty. We should have never
been in Iraq. We have destabilized
the Middle East. -“And if I’m president,
I won’t stop at the Middle East. I’ll destabilize
the entire world.” [ Laughter ] Also, I don’t know
why you’re yelling at Jeb about the Iraq war. You think they checked with him? [ Laughter ] They barely let him
in the family photos. [ Laughter ] Look how red Trump’s face is. How is it possible
for a human being to blend into their background
like that? I knew he changed positions
all the time. But I didn’t think
he was an actual chameleon. Comments like that led some
pundits to the absurd conclusion that Trump was somehow anti-war,
like this now infamous headline from the “New York Times”
op-ed page — “Donald the Dove,
Hillary the Hawk.” Donald Trump is many things,
but he is not a dove. New Yorkers hate him,
and he eats fast food. He’s clearly a pigeon. [ Laughter ] He even —
[ Applause ] For what it’s worth… he even stands like a pigeon. [ Laughter ] And we knew —
we knew Trump was lying about his supposed
anti-war leanings because he kept repeating one of
his favorite talking points — “When we invaded Iraq, we should
have taken the country’s oil.” He even foreshadowed
a possible return to Iraq in a speech at CIA headquarters
the day after his inauguration. -The old expression — “To
the victor belong the spoils.” You remember I always used to
say, “Keep the oil.” I wasn’t a fan of Iraq.
I didn’t want to go into Iraq. But I will tell you, when
we were in, we got out wrong. And I always said, in addition
to that, “Keep the oil.” Now, I said it
for economic reasons. But if you think about it, Mike,
if we kept the oil, you probably wouldn’t have ISIS, ’cause that’s where they made
their money in the first place. So we should have kept the oil,
but okay. Maybe you’ll have
another chance. -Wait, what? What do you mean,
another chance? You can’t just tease something
like that and then move on. That’s like dropping news
on your parents while you’re hanging up
on the phone. “Okay, Mom, I’ve got to run.
I love you, too. Deb and I are splitting up.
Bye.” One of these days
we’re going to find out that Trump sold the country
to Russia in the middle
of one of his rambles. “We’re having
the Clemson team over. We’re serving them Big Macs.
They have that sauce. It’s like Russian dressing, which, you know,
it’s from Russia, which is fitting because
they own the White House now.” And Iraq is not the only country Trump has teased as a target
for regime change. According to
Bob Woodward’s book “Fear,” Trump once told former
Defense Secretary James Mattis he wanted to take out
Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, but Mattis ignored him. Trump called Mattis and said he wanted
to assassinate the dictator. “Let’s [bleep] kill him.
Let’s go in. Let’s kill the [bleep] lot
of them,” Trump said. Mattis told the President
that he would get right on it, but after hanging up the phone,
he told a senior aide, “We’re not gonna
do any of that.” It is amazing that
you can just ignore the President
of the United States, and he’ll probably forget
what he asked you to do. He’s like a dog who really wants
a tennis ball. If you just fake throw it
and then put it in a drawer, he’ll forget about it. So, Trump the dove asked
the Secretary of Defense to kill a Syrian dictator and teased a potential return to
Iraq to take the country’s oil. And now he’s threatening
the possibility of military action in Venezuela. -We have now heard that
the Trump administration has unveiled sanctions
on Venezuela’s oil industry, and they’ve actually implied we could soon see
military action there. -Republican senator
Lindsey Graham confirmed that President Trump has mused about possible military
intervention in Venezuela. -Is there any circumstance under which American forces
would get involved? -Look, the President has made it
very clear on this matter that all options
are on the table. -Are you considering
a military option for Venezuela? -We’re not considering anything, but all options
are on the table. -Does that mean
you’re considering… -Just all options always.
All options are on the table. -All options are on the table. That’s reminding me
of something. Oh, right.
There it is. [ Laughter ] “Help yourself, guys. All options are on the table. We have all
the McNugget sauces.” When Trump says all options
are on the table, it’s because he doesn’t know
what the options are. He knows military,
and that’s it. Someone should dare him
to name a second option. “Well, there’s military,
then there’s Army, and then if we have to,
we’ll send in the space force.” [ Laughter ] Now, there’s no question that
there’s a serious humanitarian and political crisis
in Venezuela, and the regime
of President Nicolás Maduro, who won a rigged election
in May, is genuinely awful. This is Maduro. You probably recognize him
from the classic dictator look sported by guys
like Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein,
and the Soup Nazi. [ Laughter ] Maduro has presided over an economic catastrophe
in Venezuela. Just to give you an idea,
Venezuela used to be one of the world’s richest
oil-producing countries. Now there are widespread food
shortages and hyperinflation that has rendered the currency
essentially worthless. -The economic free fall
is from falling oil prices and failed economic policies. The government
printed more money, and bills became so worthless,
women turned them into art. Inflation could hit 10,000,000%. That’s how many bolívars
it costs to buy a chicken. It takes a stack
of almost-worthless paper to buy toilet paper. -Look at that. That’s how much money it takes
to buy toilet paper. You might as well use the money
instead of the toilet paper. “Honey, that Chipotle
isn’t sitting well with me. Can you pass me $1 million?” Maduro has jailed prisoners,
cracked down on dissidents to try to stay in power. Meanwhile, many Western nations have recognized
opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the legitimate president, which means there are
two rival presidents. The political situation
is so crazy, there’s even
a rival supreme court. And it isn’t even in Venezuela. For the last year and a half, a
second Venezuelan supreme court has presided over
the country’s laws through the miracle
of cloud computing. Its 33 jurists live in the U.S.,
Panama, Colombia, and Chile. Every 15 days, they hold court
via video conference in what Bloomberg called
“a Skype judiciary.” They’re making supreme court
decisions via Skype. I can’t even figure out
how to Skype with my mom. Everything’s on
a five-second delay, and every other word cuts out. That must be why
all their cases are called “say that again” v.
“just send me a text.” There’s no question
that Venezuela is in crisis. The question is, what’s the best
way to resolve the crisis without making things worse? On the one hand, countries
like Mexico and Uruguay have already proposed
a new process of inclusive
and credible negotiations to seek a peaceful resolution
to the conflict. On the other hand,
the Trump administration has chosen to back Guaidó
and impose sanctions. Vice President Mike Pence
even secretly called Guaidó and told him the U.S. would support his claim
to the presidency and recorded a message
to the Venezuelans urging them to do the same. -Hola. I’m Mike Pence, the Vice
President of the United States. The United States supports
the courageous decision by Juan Guaidó, the president
of your National Assembly, to assert that body’s
constitutional powers, declare Maduro a usurper, and call for the establishment
of a transitional government. We say to all the good people
of Venezuela, estamos con ustedes. We are with you. Muchas gracias. Y vayan con Dios. -Wow. Mike Pence’s Spanish
makes Michael Bloomberg sound like the mayor
of Barcelona. [ Laughter ] There’s something very odd about hearing Mike Pence
say the word “hola.” It’s like when the gym teacher
has to cover Spanish class. “Hola. Señor Perez
is out with strep. The assignment is on el boardo.” And while Pence
was backing Guaidó, Trump was apparently
floating the possibility of military intervention
to Republicans like South Carolina senator
Lindsey Graham. And even Graham, one of the most
pro-war politicians in Congress, told Trump that was a bad idea. -Senator Lindsey Graham says that recently
as a couple of weeks ago, President Trump
discussed the possibility of using military force
in Venezuela. Graham, recalling
his conversation with Trump, told Axios, “Trump said, ‘What do you think about
using military force?’ And I said, ‘Well,
you need to go slow on that. That could be problematic.’ And he said,
‘Well, I’m surprised. You want to invade everybody.'” -Yeah, dude, seriously,
take a hint. Even the guy who wants
to invade everybody is telling you to relax. It’s like Kathie Lee and Hoda telling you to cool it
on the Pinot. Now, the scary thing about Trump floating military action
in Venezuela is that the people who used to
ignore his crazy fantasies, like Mattis,
are no longer there. Now Trump is surrounded
by hard-liners like National Security Advisor
John Bolton, who’s called for regime change
in several countries, and then there’s Treasury
Secretary Steve Mnuchin. On Monday, they held a briefing
at the White House to unveil new sanctions
on Venezuela’s oil sector. -Today Treasury took action against Venezuela’s
state-owned oil company PDVSA. Persons operating
in the Venezuelan oil sector may now be subject to sanctions. Refineries in the United States
have already been taking steps to reduce the reliance
on imports from Venezuela. Those imports have fallen
substantially in recent months. -I’m sorry, but what is going on
with this map? It’s not exactly a good look
for this White House when the map has all of Russia and only half
of the United States. Was this Trump’s idea? “This is the official map now.
California is gone.” [ Laughter ] Now, there’s concern
among experts and some Democrats in Congress that the sanctions could only
make the economic situation in Venezuela worse
for the ordinary citizens. But that wasn’t the scariest
thing about the briefing. The scariest thing
was what they didn’t say — specifically, what Bolton had
on his notepad that was caught by the cameras. -“The Washington Post”
reports a notepad held by National Security
Advisor John Bolton appeared to disclose
a possible plan to send 5,000 U.S. troops
to Colombia. It comes amid rising tensions
between the U.S. and Venezuela. Bolton held the notepad
facing outward during a White House briefing
yesterday. There were two items
scrawled on the pad — “Afghanistan, welcome the talks”
and “5,000 troops to Colombia.” -That’s right. Bolton was holding his notepad
toward the cameras, and when they zoomed in, it said
“5,000 troops to Colombia.” Here’s my question. Why is he carrying around
a notepad with only two sentences on it? Just remember it. When I go to the bathroom, I don’t need to write down
“brush teeth and floss.” The bottom line is this. You can think Maduro is awful
and oppose him and also think military action
is a bad idea. Those aren’t mutually exclusive. We probably shouldn’t
trust the same guys who supported a disastrous war
in Iraq to do a better job in Venezuela. Instead of threatening war,
maybe call up allies and countries in the region
and say… -Hola. -This has been “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ]

Reader Comments

  1. So Venezuela's people don't have meds and food and these assholes put more sanctions on them, and force other countries to not negotiate with them. The only thing that's achieving is to enforce Venezuelas dependency torwards Rusia and China, and also to kill more venezuelans. Is Trump a russian puppet?

  2. you are 100% wrong about Venezuela, if you aren't going to speak truth about it, stay out of it. Usa is attacking them with sanctions and blaming Meduro, who was democratically elected. Don't be part of the propaganda.

  3. Juan Guaido is the traitor Venezuela and he is the American dog licks the ass and legs of the American Empire for money!

  4. I really 😭😭😭😭😭😭 really really really dislike this Clown traitor trump is so embarrasing..

  5. The fucking gas is going up over here I know is summer but is going up like when we were in trouble ugh

  6. sanctions because of the USA, good luck americans economic problems are coming soon.. get ready

  7. Trump is a child who’s never been denied! Kinda like a talented athlete who’s never dealt with repercussions for committing a criminal act. They say you can read someone through their eyes. Well Trump has the dead eyes of a shark!

  8. False information, I hate trump but this info is false, the reason Venezuela is doing so bad is because United States imposed so many sanctions they can't hold up anymore… Venezuelans voted for maduro and can vote him out as well but they don't want to. The USA wants the oil and it's nothing new

  9. Rob their oil. This coming from the guy that thinks he was the only one against going into Iraq in the first place. Thief!

  10. Actually what a world
    We are living at US harm those countries and no buddy do anything about it.

  11. The U.S. is at it again, toppling a government, installing a puppet, stealing oil,causing even more unrest in the world.  Remember the term Ugly Americans?  I hate what our government does…

  12. So now Mr bone spurs threatens to send other people’s kids to fight a war because that’s what he wants. WTF

  13. isn't it weird that Maduro won the election and Russia backs them and now we have a rigged election and Russia is friends with our leader🤔🤔

  14. A dove will chase out a invader and will keep chasing them till they kill them as where a Hawk will only chase the invader off but will stop after a few miles ! Wolves are the same way where they will run it off but wont kill it!

  15. What Mr. Meyers fails to mention is it is US sanctions that's behind Venezuela's economic problems. This is an age-old tactic: create a problem, impose the solution. The solution in this case being the installation of a government that will allow the US to exploit their oil resources.

    Maduro (who was democratically elected despite the lies promulgated by those in the US media serving as the propaganda wing of the government) has done a great deal for the poor of Venezuela. But the US government's view (and that of the other Western imperialist powers) is that resources should always be used for the further enrichment of the rich. Not for uplifting the native people who need a hand up.

  16. Tell your writers to do a little more research Seth!! 😂😂😂 A pigeon…. aka rock "dove"

  17. usually love your show, but you missed it bigly on what's happening in Venezuela, the destabilization has been caused by the CIA for the big oil companies! If you want to catch up on the truth, watch Abby Martin's (Empire Files) on Venezuela. And Noam Chomsky covers it as well. Don't perpetuate the bullshit, lives are at stake!

  18. The three stooges, Trump will use war to get other countries oil. Venezuela is a nightmare. I feel sorry for those people living under a Dictator who hasn't missed many meals but will starve his people. Russia is there now and Trump thinks they are there to help out by keeping Maduro in power. If we don't remove Trump from office his buddy Putin will be here next since Trump sees himself as a Dictator too….so funny Seth. Looking forward to your announcement that the evil orange turd is no longer stinking up the White House, he has been removed by force.

  19. New Yorkers have a word to describe Trump
    JAMOKE which I have finally deciphered

  20. I am Venezuelan, form a city call Coro, how can I say this to Americans to understand ???
    Trump is like Hugo Chavez and Maduro, it's all talk with a mushroom dick.
    Juan Guiado is like a Young Obama, hard working, with a loving family, a strong intelligent fashion icon wife.
    Please send help, We gave you Arepas!! Now it is time to pay back the favor.

  21. How come weak men like Bolton Trump Lindsey Graham have the power to make decisions that have many people killed that's amazingly insane.

  22. Yeah but there's a big difference between Donald Trump and a pigeon we've had pigeons serve in the military and not avoid it with bone spurs that don't exist

  23. Every subject… All options are on the table. He literally has no other answer. He turns any question into a statement about whatever he wants. Talking to his is worthless.

  24. Trump is a puppet for Putin who is the dictator of 🇷🇺 He is broken from overspending his money which he inherited from his father.

  25. Take a moment to look at Trump and his children.What do you think about how his behavior has a cause and effect of what his outcome will become his future? He doesn’t show symptoms of remorse to his involvement in this Russian interference. He still places blame on on our involvement of a whitewash because he doesn’t take accountability. His employees are immigrants without any authentic ID and I read an article that at the lamargo in Florida he brings business to them at 640.00 a night in which our government covers for our staff . The article read that the staff have to punch out at six pm and continue working without pay to have that Florida place ready for the next day. They live in fear of being fired unless they do what they are being told. The people who told have already been fired.

  26. Meanwhile

    In a video clip aired by Israeli television, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted that Israel was responsible for US President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal.

    “We convinced the US president to exit the deal and I had to stand up against the whole world and come out against this agreement,” Netanyahu says in the video. “And we didn’t give up.”


    Revealed: Trump team hired spy firm for ‘dirty ops’ on Iran arms deal

    Israeli agency told to find incriminating material on Obama diplomats who negotiated deal with Tehran

    Sources said that officials linked to Trump’s team contacted investigators days after Trump visited Tel Aviv a year ago, his first foreign tour as US president. Trump promised Netanyahu that Iran would never have nuclear weapons and suggested that the Iranians thought they could “do what they want” since negotiating the nuclear deal in 2015. A source with details of the “dirty tricks campaign” said: “The idea was that people acting for Trump would discredit those who were pivotal in selling the deal, making it easier to pull out of it.”

    Watch "US Vice President Pence urges EU to withdraw from Iran nuclear dea | DW News" on YouTube

    Watch "🇺🇸 🇮🇷 Middle East conference: Pence urges EU to quit Iran nuclear deal l Al Jazeera English" on YouTube

    Watch "VP Pence accuses EU countries of breaking U.S. sanctions against Iran" on YouTube

  27. Bolton held his notepad intentionally so that it could be seen in order to send info to "other side" about the crazy sh!t going on.

  28. This admin and its veiled truths now admits to conning Venezuelans (y Ustedes en general) while pretending to speak Spanish.

  29. You're wrong about your characterization of Venezuela. It was not a rigged election, it was verified with international observers and their elections are actually much fairer than in the US. Not only does the government of the US lie but why does the MSM also have to lie? Et tu Brute? Seth you are not supposed to be a dick

  30. We in Australia call for regime change in the USA. Your dictator is alarming us and hope that you will do something, anything to get rid of him. Thank you.

  31. I am a Dove with Claws. Johnny Cash described himself that way. We are peaceful, until there is a legit reason to bring out the claws. Keep rocking wherever you are, Johnny. Be thankful you aren't around for Spanky45…

  32. Guaido is a cia plant who was put in power via a fake election. After the election, he had to go into hiding. Seth is spreading government propaganda, as usual.

  33. Seth Meyers did not do Venezuela justice. Lies about the economy for western propaganda.
    This is political satires, not info for comedy.
    we wont take you seriously with fake news in your monologue, your taken seriously enough.

  34. You said Maduro won a "rigged" election in May, you sound like Bolton! Seth, just making money off of trump!

  35. Guaido hasn't won any election. He literally has as much right to be called president as Nancy Pelosi calling herself president.

  36. Just putting this out there that it's not common knowledge that doves and pigeons are the same thing. So y'all need to stop tripping over Birds and a joke involving them.

  37. Venezuela's financial crisis is because of sanctions. They are mad because Hugo Chavez kicked out those big oil companies.

  38. Oh Seth, I just lost all respect for you. You sold out to the establishment narrative on Venezuela. The economic situation in V was CAUSED by the US and started when Chavez was elected. We have the Saudis overproducing to keep oil prices down and have sanctions crippling the country. US SOP for anyone with resources. Tell me, what dictator allows the opposition to hold rallies at the capitol? Rigged election? You might want to ask Jimmy Carter's election watch about that.

  39. There's the legally elected democratic government of Venezuela and there's the guy who never ran for public office in his life, is on the CIA payroll and represents 10% of Venezuelans – the rich and white.

  40. It must be fun to have a show were you can say whatever you want about policy, here in venezuela they took everything like that from us, all our rights they throw it into the garbage. Stop being so ungrateful about what you have i wish i could made fun of my president like that

  41. You are as ignorant as Trump. Maduro is not a dictator, he was elected with a 68% of the votes and no only that your ex president, Carter, was a witness of this elections and said that was a clean and fair election. That means that as you people describe "DEMOCRACY", Venezuela complied with the requirement of "DEMOCRACY". And another thing, the situation Venezuelan's has is because your government, your abuser, fascist,and criminal government. Do you know how many kids had dies because of the block aid, they can"t received the treatment needed? The block aid is killing HUMANS BEEN. This is not Maduro's fault, this is your government fault. The greediness of your government and the transnationals are killing a NATION and blame Maduro for it. SHAME ON ALL YOU IGNORANT PEOPLE WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR GOVERNMENT IS CAUSING ALL THIS STRUGGLE TO THE VENEZUELAN'S JUST BECAUSE THEY WANT THERE OIL. And finally LATIN AMERICA IS NOT THE US B A C K Y A R D. Lillian

  42. I'm a venezuelan, and I'm NOT pro-invasion… but, what Seth fails to see here, is that Mexico's and Uruguay's governments recognise Maduro, so their proposals are words in the wind. Also, this is not the first time there's a dialogue between Maduro & the opposition, there has been other dialogues (2014, 2016, 2017) with no positive changes. The only thing we are asking is transparent elections, which Maduro wont allow.

  43. 10:01 It's a "Red-Commie" map. They had to cut off California cuz they had also painted it red. 😂

  44. Recognizing the facking stupid map miss Taiwan? It belongs to China, you asshole!I hate western countries, especially US, always wanting to separate China. What if we support Hawaii and Scotland independent? Shame on you two-face bitches👎🏿

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