January 29, 2019 / 3:35 PM / 8 months ago

Pentagon declines to say whether Colombia option exists

FILE PHOTO: Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks during the Missile Defense Review announcement at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday declined to say whether an option is being considered to deploy 5,000 U.S. troops to Colombia but added he had not discussed that possibility with White House national security adviser John Bolton.

Bolton raised questions about U.S. intentions in Venezuela after he appeared at a briefing on Monday with a notepad containing the words “5,000 troops to Colombia,” which neighbours Venezuela.

“I haven’t discussed that with Secretary Bolton,” Shanahan told a news conference at the Pentagon.

Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali

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