He alluded to reports in the United States press which said that last August, Trump asked foreign policy advisers about the possibility of invading Venezuela, which the Trump administration has derided as a corrupt, left-wing dictatorship.
The US official said Mr Trump was specifically briefed not to raise the issue and told it would not play well, but the first thing the president said at the dinner was: "My staff told me not to say this".
His national security chief, HR McMaster, and secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, are said to have been shocked by his suggestion, according to reports.
"We have many options for Venezuela, this is our neighbour", Trump said.
But shortly afterward, he raised the issue with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, according to the USA official.
A month later, Trump proceeded to ask the leaders of four Latin American countries, at a private dinner held at a UN General Assembly in NY, whether they would accept military action.
Pompeo Brings 'Rocket Man' CD for Kim Jong
One diplomatic source in Washington said, "The " Rocket Man " CD was the subject of discussion during Trump's lunch with Kim". North Korea maintains the issue has been "settled", but Japan does not accept it.
Euro edges higher, yuan gains as trade concerns linger
Cross-border capital flows were under control, he noted. "After all, nothing has been resolved on the Sino-US trade disputes". Valuations also remain supportive of the dollar, with its trade-weighted basket still below long-term averages.
While some of those around him continued attempts to ignore or dissuade the president, reportedly Trump could not let the idea go and AP cites "two high-ranking Colombian officials" who confirmed that he brought the idea of a military overthrow up with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during a closed-door meeting in August of 2017.
They said they were sure, and McMaster eventually managed to persuade Trump of the dangers of an invasion, the AP report says. The US leader even repeatedly raised this issue with his top aides and Latin American leaders.
Maduro said Trump's question to his advisers came after Venezuelan opposition figures visited the White House. But critics say it also underscores how his "America First" foreign policy at times can seem outright reckless, providing ammunition to America's adversaries.
Venezuelans have also been fleeing to countries including Brazil, Colombia, Chile, the U.S., and Spain.
"Mind your own business and solve your own problems, Mr. Trump!" roared Nicolas Maduro Guerra, who is the son of the Venezuelan leader, speaking before the handpicked constituent assembly.
Both have since left the White House. Santos, a big backer of US attempts to isolate Maduro, said an invasion would have zero support in the region.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is speaking out, following an earlier report from the Associated Press about a potential USA invasion into the country.
West Palm Beach's WPTV reported that Brown was wanted on a felony battery warrant from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Later that year, Brown was kicked out of a rehab facility after smashing his mother's vehicle window during a family session.
Scoring at the event, which takes place on New York's Coney Island boardwalk every Fourth of July , has financial implications. She first got into the world of competitive eating after her daughters entered her in a local eating contest.
She has been calling for his impeachment for more than a year. "Democrats want anarchy", Trump said during his Montana rally. President Trump is on his way to Great Falls this afternoon to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale .
The Senate committee, however, said the scope of Russian interference has only become clearer in the years since the campaign. The committee is still investigating any possible collusion, interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence, officials said.
The first body was found early Friday, and 12 more were found just before noon, according to Thai News Agency . Rescue operations involving 150 personnel are ongoing for another nine people believed to be still missing.
This is the first reported case of a fish pedicure causing the toenails to fall off, so it's not necessarily common . However, routine use of the fish for pedicures is another matter, she said, and may often cause more harm than good.
They were on a ledge about 440 yards from an underground chamber called Pattaya Beach, where they moved to avoid rising water. Former Real Madrid and Brazil soccer legend Ronaldo spoke to CNN at an event in Russian Federation about the soccer team.
Samsung 2019 schedule: hold off on that Galaxy Note 9
This is expected to be a drag on profit growth when the Korean conglomerate posts second quarter earnings on Friday. The forecast is slightly below the 14.9 trillion won analyst average estimate in a Thomson Reuters poll.
Trump calls on Congress to fix 'insane' immigration laws
In the USA , time is rapidly running out before a court deadline which ordered the reuniting of families of illegal immigrants. It is estimated more than 100 children in the area have been separated from their parents, AP reported.
Poland clashes with EU over judicial reforms, rule of law
Democracy champion and Nobel Peace Prize victor Lech Walesa has said he will come to Warsaw Wednesday to defend the Supreme Court. The prime minister said that Poland was willing and ready to engage in the bloc's efforts to reform the energy sector.
Japan's oracle octopus becomes sashimi
Paul , however, was fortunate enough to live out the remainder of his days in the comfort of the Oberhausen Sea Life Center. According to reports, the octopus had its own unique way to predict the results and it made Rabiot extremely famous.
Serena Williams wins on Wimbledon return
Also getting their campaigns under way on Monday are five-time women's champion Venus Williams against Johanna Larsson . She returned at the French Open in May, and won three matches there before withdrawing with an injured pectoral muscle.
Scott Pruitt resigns from EPA
Pruitt quit the EPA after months of ethics-related scandals related to his behavior and spending practices, CBS News reports . He was confirmed by the Senate on February 17, 2017, on a 52-46 vote, the most recorded "no" votes of any EPA administrator.
Tropical wave in Atlantic strengthens to depression
During an El Niño, strong upper-level winds roar across the Caribbean and Atlantic, tearing apart developing tropical storms. The Atlantic hurricane season typically begins to peak in August and September and will end on November 30.