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Trump national security team, military officials meet about Venezuela

By Ryan Browne, CNN

(CNN) -- Members of President Donald Trump's national security team and military officials met Friday morning at the Pentagon to discuss the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, national security adviser John Bolton and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood met in the "tank," a primary secure meeting space inside the Pentagon reserved for senior leaders to discuss sensitive issues and military operations.

It was not immediately clear who else was in attendance.

The Trump administration hasn't ruled out the possibility of US military action in Venezuela. On Wednesday, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said that the US military was "prepared to support the President should he require more from" them. However, the top US military commander for US forces in Central and South America suggested that he did not see a role for the armed forces in the conflict over Venezuela's disputed leadership.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is looking for ways to financially bolster Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been recognized by the US as the country's interim president, with an influx of cash, which could involve freeing up frozen assets or loans.

Earlier this week, Guaido led a street-level uprising aimed at toppling President Nicholas Maduro. The uprising faltered, having apparently failed to gain the support of senior members of the Venezuelan military.

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