Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido calls for US help in letter.

By Flora Charner and Tatiana Arias, CNN

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is calling more openly than ever for US assistance, as he continues to seek fresh elections in the country.

In a letter posted early Monday, Carlos Vecchio — Guaido’s appointed ambassador to the US — requested a meeting between the US Southern Command and Guaido’s representatives. The May 11 letter was addressed to US Adm. Craig S. Faller, who heads the Southern Command and who had previously voiced support for Guaido’s movement on the official Twitter account of the Southern Command.

Venezuela’s opposition movement would “welcome strategic and operational planning so that we may fulfill our constitutional obligation to the Venezuelan people,” Vecchio wrote to Faller. It did not call for military action specifically.

For months, the US has refused to rule out military action in support of Guaido’s movement. However, US President Donald Trump has also urged caution among senior advisers moving forward, and expressed frustration that some aides were openly hinting at a US military intervention in Venezuela, according to officials familiar with the matter.

Guaido is Venezuela’s National Assembly President, recognized as the country’s legitimate interim president by more than 50 countries, including the United States. As momentum slows in the nationwide protests that he regularly organizes, Guaido has begun to eye new strategies for political change in the country.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s administration dismissed the letter, with Vice President Delcy Rodriguez saying during a nationally televised press conference that her council read and rejected Vecchio’s request. “Asking for a military intervention in Venezuela” was an attempt to destabilize the country, Rodriguez said.

The letter follows a speech that Guaido gave in Caracas on Saturday, when he echoed Donald Trump’s words, saying that “all options are on the table” and argued that a foreign “intervention” had already taken place in Venezuela — not by the US, but by Cuba, which supports Maduro’s government.

The-CNN-Wire ™ & © 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

Court Clears Path For Clippers Arena In Inglewood

Court Clears Path For Clippers Arena In Inglewood

It’s a busy time in Inglewood as the city develops as a hub for major sports venues. The Clippers are set to sail into a new stadium in Inglewood after a judge ruled in their favor. Inglewood Mayor James Butts told 790 KABC’s The Morning Drive the Clippers owner made it a no-brainer deal for…Continue Reading

Marianne Williamson Joins the Morning Drive [AUDIO]

Marianne Williamson Joins the Morning Drive [AUDIO]

On the Morning Drive on KABC, Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson spoke to John and Jillian about the healthcare proposal for the country she plans to reveal in detail within the next two weeks. “We need universal healthcare, so that people can live without the chronic stress – not only those who are sick and need care – but those who aren’t…Continue Reading

Was there a second shooter at Las Vegas massacre?

Was there a second shooter at Las Vegas massacre?

A witness and respected attorney says a key factor in the 2017 Las Vegas outdoor concert massacre is being overlooked.  Attorney Brian Claypool was in the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival when the shots were fired. “I personally believe there was more than one shooter.” Claypool adds, “When you’re in the middle of a shooting,…Continue Reading