Guaidó asks for 'direct communication' with U.S. military

Guaidó asks for 'direct communication' with U.S. military
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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó said Saturday he has asked asked his representative in the U.S. to open "direct communication" with the U.S. military.

Guaidó said at a rally that he asked Carlos Vecchio, who the U.S. recognizes as Venezuela’s ambassador, for the communication on possible military “coordination,” according to the Associated Press

Guaidó, who declared himself Venezuela's interim president, made the move as he attempts to remove President Nicolás 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 U.S.


The Trump administration has not said definitively whether it will use military force in Venezuela. On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Senators say Trump using loophole to push through Saudi arms sale Trump to send 1,500 troops to Middle East to counter Iran MORE said that a "full range of options" are on the table, including both diplomatic and military options. 

The Hill has reached out to the Pentagon and State Department for comment on Guaidó's latest remarks.