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President Donald Trump on Friday would not rule out the possibility of a military intervention in Venezuela.

Asked about the possibility of a military intervention in response to a mounting crisis in the country, the President said that is something the United States “certainly could pursue.”

“We have many options for Venezuela. And by the way, I am not going to rule out a military option,” Trump said. “We have many options for Venezuela. This is our neighbor. You know, we are all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary.”

Trump spoke with reporters after a meeting with US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Bedminster, New Jersey. During the remarks, Trump also said he will speak by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday night about North Korea.

When asked about the ratcheted-up rhetoric in recent weeks between the US and North Korea, Trump said there are good options on the table for dealing with the tensions.

“Lots of good things could happen and we also could have a bad solution,” he said.

When asked if that bad solution meant war, Trump declined to say. “I think you know that answer to that,” he said.

“You know what I can say, hopefully it will all work out,” Trump said. “Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump, that I can tell you. But this has been going on for many years, would have been a lot easier to solve this years ago before they were in the position they are in. But we will see what happens.”