Venezuela's Guaido Calls for Contact With US Military

Venezuela's Guaido Calls for Contact With US Military

Venezuela's Guaido Calls for Contact With US Military

According to the text, today's action seeks to warn Venezuela's military and intelligence services, as well as those who support them, that they will suffer serious consequences due to their continued support for the government of Nicolás Maduro, which Washington insists on qualifying as illegitimate.

Guaido declared himself interim president in January after calling Maduro's 2018 re-election a fraud.

He told the crowd in Caracas, nonetheless, that he had asked his representative in Washington, Carlos Vecchio, to contact Admiral Craig Faller, commander of the US Southern Command, and "establish direct relations on matters of cooperation".

The United States supports a movement to oust Maduro from power in favor of opposition leader Juan Guaido, president of Venezuela's National Assembly.

In recent days, the government has sought to ramp up its own pressure on the opposition with the arrest of the No. 2 leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, Edgar Zambrano.

Venezuela's pro-government Constituent Assembly has stripped Guaido and eight other opposition legislators of their parliamentary immunity to prosecution following requests by the Supreme Court.

Trump's dissatisfaction lies with National Security Advisor John Bolton, who the president has said wants to get the U.S.

"We have said from the beginning that we will use all the resources at our disposal to build pressure". While the Trump administration has said all options "are on the table", neighboring Latin American countries have repeatedly rejected the idea of military intervention by Washington, and there's no indication the preparing to send troops.

Even though there have been recurring calls for Maduro to resign - after calls to hold fresh elections failed - the leftist leader continues to hold on to his post with the support of Venezuelan armed forces.

The U.S. Treasury Department said on Friday that it had imposed sanctions on two shipping companies that operate in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy, adding that individuals operating in Venezuelan defense and security sector might be subject to sanctions.

The U.S. Treasury Department said Friday that it had targeted Marshall Islands-based Monsoon Navigation Corp. and Serenity Maritime Ltd., headquartered in Liberia.

Government officials announced that Zambrano and several other lawmakers were under investigation for treason and instigating an insurrection. "We don't have the option to stay at home waiting, but to keep demanding our rights in the streets". "We stand ready!" the U.S. Southern Command tweeted.

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