Latin America closes ranks after Trump threatens to use military in Venezuela

Author: Adam Button | Category: News

The US doesn't have many friends in Latin America

Even some of Venezuela's harshest critics in Latin America condemned the United States after the White House said it was considering a "military option" on Friday.

Peru, which had just expelled Venezuela's ambassador, was quick to warn the US against action.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna said in a statement that it condemned "all foreign or domestic threats to resort to force undermine the goal of reinstating democratic governance in Venezuela, as well as the principles enshrined in the UN charter."

Reuters reports that Latin American leaders have joined together and will deliver a join rebuke to Trump. Argentina's foreign minister said Mercosur countries also reject the use of force.

The antipathy towards the US is the result of generations of meddling in Latin America and installing leaders. The quick response from Latin America, which has its own gripes about Venezuela, is telling.