President Trump said Friday he is not ruling out military action against Venezuela, but no instructions have been given to the Pentagon.
"The Pentagon has not received any orders with regards to Venezuela," said Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon Friday evening, according to CNN.
Flanked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, Trump told reporters in Bedminster, N.J., that the U.S. has "many options for Venezuela."
The U.S., which views Venezula's democracy as being under assault due to recent power grabs by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, has recently imposed sanctions on Maduro and his allies.
While potential further sanctions in the form of a ban on oil imports have been subject to bipartisan pushback, Trump said he's keeping his options open.
"And by the way, I am not going to rule out a military option," Trump said. "We have many options."