Guaido demands 'direct communication' with US military

The cry for help comes after Venezuelan military decided to remain loyal to current President Nicolas Maduro

Juan Guaido, head of Venezuela's opposition-run congress, who declared himself interim president of Venezuela

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said Saturday he has instructed his representative in the US to open "direct communication" with the US military. According to the AP, Guido asked Carlos Vecchio, who the US recognises as Venezuela’s ambassador, for the communication on possible military “coordination.”

Guaido, who declared himself Venezuela's interim president, made the move as he attempts to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power. Last week, he unsuccessfully urged Venezuela's military to oust Maduro. His leadership has been recognized by more than 50 countries, including the US, yet the Venezuelan military remains loyal to Maduro.

In recent days Venezuelan security forces arrested National Assembly Vice President Edgar Zambrano, the body's No. 2 leader. Other lawmakers also scrambled for refuge in foreign embassies amid renewed fears of a crackdown following an unsuccessful military rebellion.

The Trump administration has not said definitively whether it will use military force in Venezuela. On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that a "full range of options" are on the table, including both diplomatic and military options. 

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