UPDATE 7:55 AM PT – Sat. January 26, 2019
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says the country is preparing for a potential armed conflict with the U.S.
Maduro made the comments during a press conference on Friday, just a day after calling to close the Venezuelan embassy and its consulates in the U.S.
He went on to say the National Bolivarian Armed Forces are willing and ready to take the appropriate measures, to stand against any enemies that may arise in a potential coup.
While the White House claims “all options are still on the table with Venezuela,” officials said, they are not actively considering to take action.
“The conflict may happen, because they have said they are going to put the Marines in Caracas, and they will send them I don’t know where, and so, in each city, in each town; we will have a defense plan and a reaction plan for combat and victory,” said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.”
President Maduro also announced Friday, military exercises would be held in Venezuela between February 10th through 15th.