USA has done 'exhaustive planning' on Venezuela scenarios: Shanahan

"We're in close partnership with Colombia and Brazil", he stated.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a House Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday that the situation in Venezuela was a "little unclear today" and that the USA was collecting intelligence to ensure that administration officials have good visibility on what was happening there. Shanahan spoke at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday after he abruptly canceled his trip to Europe, because of the Venezuela crisis.

Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said Wednesday that the Pentagon was trying to determine how long USA troops would be required to support security on the southern border, saying, "We really need to get back to our primary missions and continue to generate readiness".

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There was no indication that a US military operation was in the works, but Shanahan would be expected to participate in high-level meetings to monitor the situation in Venezuela and consider USA options.

Venezuela's US -backed opposition leader Juan Guaido is facing a key test of support after calling for the "largest march" in the country's history to try to dislodge President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro, supported by China and Russian Federation, among others, accused Guaido of plotting to overthrow him with Washington's assistance. Guaido called on the people of Venezuela and the army to take to the streets to complete the operation to overthrow Venezuela's legitimate president. According to Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, the country's armed forces continue to firmly support the "constitution and legitimate authorities".

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