Trump just threatened Venezuela with military intervention

Having already escalated tensions with North Korea, President Donald Trump has apparently now set his sights on another country with which to wage war.

On the same day that he tweeted about the U.S. military being “locked and loaded” in relation to North Korea — which he instigated by responding that the country would face “fire and fury” in response to its latest nuclear developments — Trump said he would not rule out sending troops to Venezuela.

Speaking to reporters at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ on Friday, Trump discussed recent civil unrest in Venezuela that has resulted in streetviolence and arrests of opposition leaders.

“I’m not going to rule out a military option,” he said.

Trump has seen dismal job approval ratings as of late, though his recent talk of war with countries that the U.S. has long struggled with diplomatically has boosted his numbers to 45 percent approval.

It appears Trump could be using what’s called the “rally ’round the flag” effect to reduce criticism, in which an international and sharply focused event, like military intervention, influences citizens to see decisive action as a source of national unity.