MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Friday, Trump told reporters that the United States will not rule out taking military action against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government amid ongoing deadly protests in Venezuela. At the same time, Pentagon spokesperson Eric Pahon said that the US Department of Defense had not been ordered to take military action against the Latin American state.
"The Armed Forces of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reiterate their peaceful intentions, but confirm their sacramental oath to sacrifice themselves protecting the homeland and its institutions if required," Lopez said.
The Venezuelan official said that that his ministry condemned the statements of Trump and considered them as "one of the most significant threats" in regards to Caracas.
The United States has also criticized the move to elect the National Constituent Assembly, urging Maduro to respect the country's constitution and human rights.