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According to the Associated Press, Trump first proposed taking over the country to top aides at an August 10 meeting held in the Oval Office to discuss USA sanctions on the country.

Mr Trump raised the idea in August 2017 during a meeting about sanctions the United States has imposed on oil rich Venezuela, reports quoting a senior administration official said.

At the end of the talks, Trump shocked aides and senior administration officials by bluntly asking why can't the USA just invade the country.

"President J. trump turned to his senior advisers and asked who shot down all confused question: if crisis-prone Venezuela threatens US national security, why the United States can't just enter military in this troubled country?" the official said, who was present during the consultation.

According to the official, the question stunned those in attendance, including former national security adviser H.R. McMaster and former U.S. Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump planning one-on-one meeting with Putin without aides present: report McMaster to join Hoover Institution, take on "infected" national security discourse Top US envoy for East Asia to retire this month MORE.

"We have many options for Venezuela, this is our neighbour", Trump said.

"At that time the discussion took place during dinner D. trump with the leaders of four Latin American allies, among whom was Juan Manuel Santos (President of Colombia)", - said the Agency interlocutor.

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McMaster finally succeeding in persuading Trump of the dangers of an invasion, the report said, and the president's interest in the notion subsided. But critics say it also underscores how his "America First" foreign policy at times can seem outright reckless, providing ammunition to America's adversaries. The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called for nationwide "anti-imperialist" drills in response to this threat, while Russian Federation denounced any plans of military intervention into the Latin American country as "unacceptable".

"Mind your own business and solve your own problems, Mr. Trump!" roared Nicolas Maduro Guerra, who is the son of the Venezuelan leader, speaking before the handpicked constituent assembly.

The White House said it would not comment on the content of private conversations.

However, the United States president eventually failed to garner support for his plans both from the regional leaders and his own administration officials.

In August of 2017, President Trump surprised many by openly talking about the idea of launching a military attack on Venezuela.

Even some of the staunchest USA allies were begrudgingly forced to side with Maduro in condemning Trump's saber rattling.


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