February 02 2018 10:05 p
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson raised the prospect of a military coup in Venezuela against President Nicolas Maduro, but he does not know whether it will happen.
According to Reuters, Tillerson stressed in a speech at the University of Texas ahead of a trip to five Latin American countries that the Trump administration does not call for "regime change" in Venezuela, but said it would be "easier" if Maduro opted to leave power on his own .
Tillerson predicted that some kind of change would happen in Venezuela and said the United States, which has deteriorated relations with the socialist government in Venezuela, wants to make a peaceful change.
"We are not calling for regime change or the overthrow of President Maduro, we are calling for a return to the constitution," Tillerson said when asked during a session on whether to oust Maduro or the United States would play a role.
However, he later pointed out that internal forces might take action, but did not provide evidence that the United States had intelligence that supported the perception that the military might overthrow Maduro.
"In the history of Venezuela, and in fact in the history of other countries in Latin America and the South, the military often deals with that," Tillerson said.
"When things get so bad that the army leadership realizes they can no longer serve the citizens, they will run a peaceful transition," he said. "I do not know if this is the case here in Venezuela," he said.