President Trump has kept much of the country on edge this week with his threats of taking military action against North Korea. He also didn’t do much to assuage people’s fears of war in general when he talked recently about how he plans to respond to the political crisis in Venezuela.
On Friday, following a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, Trump told the press that he had not ruled out military action in the South American country, whose president, Nicolás Maduro, was recently hit with sanctions accusing him of widespread abuses of the Venezuelan people.
Trump first explained:
‘The people are suffering and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary.’
When asked if a military operation in Venezuela would be led by the United States, Trump replied:
‘We don’t talk about it but a military operation – a military option – is certainly something that we could pursue.’
The president made this announcement while flanked by Haley and Tillerson. While Tillerson maintained a poker face for the most part during the president’s remarks, Haley was not as successful. When Trump acknowledged the possibility of military action in Venezuela, the look on her face suggests that she did not know that option was even on the table.
Joyce Karam, the Washington correspondent for Al-Hayat newspaper, was one of the first to point out the troubled look on Haley’s face.
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) August 11, 2017
Several of Karam’s followers noticed the reaction as well, and they didn’t hesitate to start making jokes about it.
Haley has been in the news quite a bit recently. In addition to being with Trump during his announcement about military action in Venezuela, she’s also been dealing with the resignations of her spokesman, Jonathan Wachtel, and her chief of staff, Steven Groves.
Haley has claimed that the two men left because they have both recently encountered “family concerns.” However, other sources have suggested that their departure had to do with Haley preferring to rely on advice from her “South Carolina people” rather than from her own staff.
Following Trump’s remarks, Haley might be wishing she’d tried harder to keep Groves and Wachtel around, so she didn’t have to weather the president’s erratic behavior alone.
Watch the video of Trump’s comments about Venezuela below, via YouTube.
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