President Obama has declared Venezuela to be an unusual threat requiring a national state. Of emergency. Iny opinion the water situation in California is a real emergent threat but what do I know?
Meanwhile USMC General John F Kelly, Commanding Officer of the US Southern Command says in so many words that were Venezuela to collapse and stop sending nearly free oil to Caribbean nations this could unleash a wave of refugees. So it might just be that the "National Emergency" was meant to strengthen the Venezuelan government by generating national unity
The main opposition coalition condemn the US declaration.
Venezuela began a nation wide ten day military exercise with Russian participation
Some 20,000 civilian volunteer militia are also participating.