Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó said at a rally on Saturday that he's asked his envoy in Washington for "direct communication" with the U.S. military.
This comes less than two weeks after Guaidó's failed attempt to inspire the Venezuelan military to side with him against President Nicolás Maduro's regime.
A quick refresher: In January, Maduro was sworn in for his second term, but the election is widely considered illegitimate. Guaidó, the head of the National Assembly, invoked a little-known constitutional rule that allowed him to declare himself interim president until a fair election can be held.
The Trump administration strongly backs Guaidó and has said all options are on the table. But it has never openly committed to military intervention.
On Saturday, the Venezuelan defense minister claimed a U.S. Coast Guard ship was illegally in Venezuelan waters. A U.S. Southern Command spokesman had said Friday a Coast Guard vessel was conducting a counterdrug mission in international waters.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.