On Wednesday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that he is cutting off relations with the United States – giving US diplomats just 72 hours to leave the country.
Maduro’s announcement follows President Donald Trump recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president. Earlier on Wednesday, the White House issued the following statement:
The timing of the news comes on a day full of protests in Venezuela. BBC has reported four dead among the thousands.
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