Report: Trump asked aides about invading Venezuela in 2017

Trump speaking at a press conference
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During an August 2017 Oval Office meeting to discuss sanctions on Venezuela, President Trump — to the dismay of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former National Security adviser H.R. McMaster — asked his top aides about the potential of having the U.S. invade the country, reports the AP's Joshua Goodman, citing a senior administration official familiar with the conversation.

Why it matters: A military invasion of Venezuela could jeopardize the U.S. relations with Latin American governments involved in the ongoing effort to punish Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for moving the country toward a dictatorship, the administration official told Goodman.