This past August, President Donald Trump floated the idea of using military force against Venezuela’s government.
This idea didn’t sit well at all with other leaders in the region, and a new report from Politico claims that the leaders of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Panama all told Trump that they opposed invading Venezuela during a meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in September.
“[Secretary of State Rex Tillerson] tells me you don’t want me to use the military option in Venezuela,” Trump told the leaders during their meeting, according to Politico.
When the leaders all responded that they were opposed using military force against Venezuela, Trump seemed shocked.
“Is that right?” he asked them. “Are you sure?”
A former U.S. official who was briefed on the meeting tells Politico that the leaders of the countries “just had wide eyes about the entire engagement” and walked away from it fearing Trump’s mental state could spark major wars in South America.
“The word they all used was: ‘This guy is insane,'” the source said.
These South American leaders aren’t alone either, as Politico writes that diplomats from across the world have described Trump’s first year in office as “catastrophic,” “terrifying,” “incompetent” and “dangerous.”