Venezuela's Guaido Says U.S. Military Action Worth Considering

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urged the army on Saturday to be ready for a possible U.S. military intervention against his regime, days after opposition leader Juan Guaido appealed to troops to join the rebellion against Maduro. "I trust you, but keep your eyes open, a handful of traitors can not tarnish the honor, the unity, the cohesion and the image of the armed forces", the president said in his speech from the military base.

The United States and its local allies, Maduro said, "have a conspiracy, with a lot of money, to weaken, to divide, to destroy the FANB from within using a group of traitors".

Maduro's order to army came amid a new tension when Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president has urged his supporters to take to streets on Saturday for more protests to topple country's elected leader, Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuelan authorities are investigating the cause of a helicopter crash that killed seven military officers while they were while heading to a state where President Nicolás Maduro was visiting troops.

Venezuelan judges have ordered the arrest of Lopez after he joined in an attempted coup and violated his house arrest on Tuesday.

The U.S. and over 50 other nations recognize Guaido as Venezuela's rightful leader, saying Maduro's re-election a year ago was rigged.

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Guaido, however, admitted last week that not enough of the security forces have defected to his side to help in efforts to oust Maduro. This was another setback for Guaido following a failed military uprising earlier in the week.

On Saturday, Guaido's supporters made their own appeals to the military, responding to his call to march on military barracks in Caracas.

In an interview on ABC News' "This Week", Pompeo said Maduro's regime is being propped up by Cuba, and that "without the Cubans, there'd be no possibility he was still in power".

Venezuela's military leadership has since reiterated its support for the government, and Maduro is standing his ground.

But President Donald Trump adopted a strikingly conciliatory tone after a more than hour-long conversation with Vladimir Putin on the Venezuela crisis, describing the Friday talks with his Russian counterpart as "very positive".

Having cancelled his Europe trip because of ongoing planning on Venezuela, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan held closed-door meetings at the Pentagon on Friday with John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. We want to get some humanitarian aid.

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