Pentagon developing military plan to counter Russia, Cuba, China in Venezuela

United States could come up with new military options for Venezuela and the development is mainly focused at deterring Chinese, Russian and Cuban influence in the country, basically inside the regime of President Nicolas Maduro.

In a meeting last week the US national security adviser John Bolton is learned to have asked Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to come up with ideas on Venezuela crisis.

According to a defense official familiar with the matter the initial work is under process by the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, which is responsible for conducting planning for future military operations.

Even though Secretary of State Mike Pompeo all the options are on the table but several Pentagon officials cites no appetite is at the Department of Defense for using army against the Nicolas Maduro regime.

President Trump wants Maduro to step down but this could be possible only when Russia quits involvement.

However, US naval exercises could take place to emphasize humanitarian assistance and there could be more military interaction with neighboring countries.

President Trump wants Maduro to step down but this could be possible only when Russia quits involvement.

Trump first called Maduro to leave in February this year after opposition leader Juan Guaido self-declared himself as the president of Venezuela.

Meanwhile, Maduro is emphasizing on strengthening the military and by the end of 2019 there will be 3 million military members in the country.

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