Maduro insists US envoys must leave immediately
Maduro warned that if US officials have any sense they will pull out their own diplomats from the US Embassy in Caracas, rather than defying his order...
Caracas: Maduro warned that if US officials “have any sense” they will pull out their own diplomats from the US Embassy in Caracas, rather than defying his order for them to leave.
“They believe they have a colonial hold in Venezuela, where they decide what they want to do,” Maduro said in an address broadcast live on state TV. “You must fulfil my order from the government of Venezuela.”
Tensions have soared between the two nations after the Trump administration recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido, who claimed on Wed-nesday to hold the presidency and vowed to remove Maduro, calling him a “dictator.”
Maduro retaliated by severing relations with the US and giving American diplomats 72 hours to leave Venezuela. However, Washington said it would ignore the order after Guaido issued his own statement urging foreign embassies to disavow Maduro’s orders and keep their diplomats in the country.
All eyes have been on the military, a traditional arbiter of political disputes in Venezuela, as a critical indicator of whether the Opposition will succeed in establishing a new government.
Venezuela’s top military brass pledged their unwavering support to Maduro, delivering vows of loyalty earlier on Thursday before rows of green-uniformed officers on state television.
A half-dozen generals belonging largely to district commands and with direct control over thousands of troops joined Maduro in accusing the United States of meddling in Venezuela’s affairs and said they would uphold the socialist leader’s rule.