On Fox News Friday, Sen. Lindsey Graham urged President Trump to make a major move in the continuing battle over Venezuela’s presidency: Use military force.
During his morning appearance on the news network, Lindsey was asked about foreign policy difficulties for The Donald, including the fact that the in-dire-straits country’s leader — Nicolas Maduro — is refusing to step down.
Meanwhile, Iran’s allegedly attacked four oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, and North Korea’s continuing its “what agreement?” attitude toward shooting rockets.
“It’s a time of testing,” he noted.
As for Iran, Lindsey means business. But he’s willing to start light:
“I would start with naval escorts. If there’s a new attack down the road, I would sink their navy.”
Lindsey gave Trump props:
“I give a lot of credit to the President to get the North Koreans to slow down their program. I give him a lot of credit going after the Iran nuclear deal, getting out of it. Standing up to Maduro.”
But he said fixing Venezuela is key to quelling the inflamed international affairs:
“[W]e need points on the board. Start with your own backyard. Tell Cuba, ‘If you’re not out of Venezuela in a week.’ And people are starving and dying in Venezuela because Maduro’s such a thug, then we’re making a mistake. Fix Venezuela, and everybody else will know you’re serious.”
Lindsey asserted Cuba’s exit will kneecap Maduro.
“[Trump] said Maduro has to go. He’s right. Give Cuba an ultimatum. Without Cuba, Maduro doesn’t last one day. Tell Cuba to get out of Venezuela.”
But the senator also touted a military force option:
“Do what Reagan did in Grenada. “
And what did he do?
As described by Politico:
Citing the threat posed to American nationals on the Caribb;ean nation of Grenada by that nation’s pro-Marxist regime, on this day in 1983 President Ronald Reagan ordered U.S. forces to invade the island and to secure their safety. In little more than a week, Grenada’s government was overthrown.
Lindsey reiterated on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show:
“When Cuba got involved in Grenada, what did Ronald Reagan do?” Graham, a close Republican ally of President Donald Trump, asked. “He kicked them out. That is what I’d do with Venezuela.”
This ain’t Lindsey’s first time reference Grenada in relation to the suffering nation. On May 22nd, he wrote an 0p-ed for the Wallstreet Journal suggesting the same.
In fact, reportedly, Trump mentioned it himself — last year, as covered by RedState’s T.LaDuke.
What do you think about military force to the southeast? I look forward to your insight.
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