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Venezuela’s armed forces said they have militarized the border with Colombia on Tuesday, the day that Colombian President Ivan Duque met with his US counterpart Donald Trump.

Just as Duque had a private meeting with Trump where the two, among other things, discussed Colombia’s troubled neighbor, Venezuela’s military said they were deploying troops along the border.

“We are a few kilometers from the border. We are making a general inspection and deploying troops to reconnoiter the area as part of the integral strategic operation that the National Armed Forces is executing by order of our commander-in-chief, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro,” the head of the command of military operations, General Remigio Ceballos said on Twitter.

Vice President Mike Pence wrote on Twitter that the deployment of troops is “an obvious effort of intimidation”, adding: “Let me be clear: the USA will always stand with our allies.”

The militarization comes after tensions between the two countries heightened, and both Duque and Trump refused to discard possible US military intervention “to restore democracy” in Colombia’s neighbor to the east.

Duque has accused his Venezuelan counterpart of human rights abuses while Maduro has accused Colombian officials of plotting with his political opponents and the US to overthrow his government.

On Monday, Maduro accused Colombia of – along with other countries – being behind a botched assassination attempt on his life last month.

In Tuesday’s statement and video released by the Venezuelan military on Twitter, the country said it had deployed troops, adding: “Chavez lives, the fatherland follows! The traitors will not return!”

The Venezuelan military said it had deployed the troops to combat drug trafficking and illegal groups.

After Trump’s first meeting with Duque, the president told the press: “We’re spending a lot of time and effort on Venezuela, a lot of time and effort. What is going on in Venezuela is not acceptable on a humanitarian basis or any basis, so we’re looking at it very very strongly.”

When pressed to reveal whether the the US would send troops to Colombia, he responded: “I don’t want to say. I don’t like to talk about military – why should I talk to you about military?”

US Ambassador in Colombia Kevin Whitaker said last week that the US will defend Colombia against possible Venezuelan military aggression.

 

Duque also recently refused to sign a statement by the so-called Lima Group in which the countries reiterated their opposition to possible military intervention.

 

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    GunnyHiWay1960 · 19:40 10/07/2018
    Since WHEN is COLOMBIA our "ALLY"???
    They have been flooding us with drugs and criminals since I was a kid.
    I still remember their "Colombian Gold" pot from high school.
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    Raptor · 12:42 10/07/2018
    Daesh Terrorists Again Evacuated by US Copters From Syria's Deir Ez-Zor. It is not the first time that US military aircraft have been spotted transferring Daesh terrorists from embattled regions. We have been the terrorist for years now, nithing has changed under trump. America still living the big LIE!
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    Reginald Fischer · 09:37 10/07/2018
    Venezuela is yet another proxy war with Russia. Because apparently Syria and Ukraine aren't enough for the US government.


    The "humanitarian crisis" in Venezuela is a lie. It's just a pretext for another regime change. Venezuelans are not starving and their president Maduro was elected.
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    Alan · 09:35 10/07/2018
    In the Korean War many Chinese troops had rifles carved of wood. (Sticks that looked like guns.) Human wave tactics. US and allied troops often shot till they ran out of bullets, then retreated. 10 to 1 casualty rates meant nothing to Mao. The point is that Communism does not care about individuals or people in general, except where it serves the purposes of the Communist leaders. If some share the same rifles, Maduro does not care. If people continue to leave Venezuela, he does not care. The Peoples Republic of China is one of the last friends that Maduro has. What does that say about the PRC?
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      jo · 12:52 10/07/2018
      Its strange that they let you out?.........However you can still protect humanity if you ....................................................................Continue to take your medication.
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    Chairman, Internatio · 08:26 10/07/2018
    "Dear Mr. President Maduro,

    Please be advised that it is not a very good idea totry to screw Central Banks/Federal Reserve out of the debt which your country legally owes. It is not a good idea at all. Please reconsider your decision in this matter.

    If you need references, we can supply you with the Country/location/plot numbers of many countries leaders who have attempted to do what you are trying. Please research this matter. It will be in your and your countries best interests.

    To facilitate ease of payment, we will not even require you to pay us in fiat currency which we simply printed, but for your convenience, payment can be made in gold, oil, diamonds, minerals or any other valuable resource which may be contained in your country.


    Best regards,
    Chairman IMF/Central Banks
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    Sammy · 07:11 10/07/2018
    I believe Venezuela on the drugs coming into the country .The CIA wants to keep the drugs flowing into the country .They will send our brain dead zombie troops to maintain the cash flow.america being the bastard slaves of the jews.
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    Jane Duncan · 06:45 10/07/2018
    Hi Hal, can you add any further information to the reported 47 naval vessels off of the east/west coasts of Venezuela?
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    MR. TRUTH! · 03:56 10/07/2018
    But thanks to Socialism, all the Venezuelan Troops have to share the same rifle!
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