On Saturday, Venezuela rejected President Trump's remarks about a potential 'military option' as a threat to regional stability.
Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf course Friday that he's "not going to rule out" a military option.
Trump has been blasting Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro's moves to consolidate power, describing him as a "dictator."
The Trump administration issued a series of sanctions against Maduro and more than two dozen current and former Venezuelan officials.
But a military intervention would be an extraordinary escalation in response.
Former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, responded to news on CNN:
The Associated Press contributed to this report.