Venezuela’s embattled leader cuts off diplomatic relations with the US

Venezuela and the United States are officially at odds.

After the Trump administration backed the country’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido, Venezuela’s official president, Nicolas Maduro, vowed to sever ties with the United States.

Who’s on first?

While Maduro still technically holds the title of president of the South American nation, he is under siege from opposition-controlled Congress, which his supported by Washington.

“[Maduro] has never won the presidency in a free and fair election, and has maintained his grip on the power by imprisoning anyone who dares to oppose him,” Vice President Mike Pence said earlier this week.

When the White House officially recognized Guaido as the interim leader of the country, Maduro lost his mind and immediately accused the United States of encouraging a coup.

Additionally, he demanded all American diplomats to be out of the country within 72 hours.

As it stands now, Maduro is a president without a country.

Upheaval

The eyes of the world have been on Venezuela for quite some time now.

Maduro’s dictator-like reign in the country has created a downward spiral that many believe will take decades to recover from.

While there was a recent election, many believe it was rigged to ensure Maduro would win a second term.

In an effort to preserve his title, Maduro has been pacifying high-ranking members of the military with leadership roles to keep their loyalty.

Additionally, other pro-Maduro leaders are threating to unleash gangs on the people of the country to get them back in line.

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Luckily, President Trump and his administration aren’t having it.

The U.S. simply won’t support a dictator — especially one who throws a tantrum when he doesn’t get his way.

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