Venezuela has broken off diplomatic relations with Venezuela after an attempted coup and recognised the leader of the opposition as the 'legitimate' leader of the opposition as leader. Trump's response is to refuse to remove diplomats because Maduro is not 'legitimate'.
Venezuela may espouse socialism but its government is completely legitimate having won several elections, under Chavez and Maduro. It even has a vociferous opposition media which it does not, to my knowledge, try and control.
In America Maduro is being painted as a 'communist dictator'.
He is neither.
There may be a small part of the country's crisis being due to 'socialism' but what is sure is that it has been subjected to economic sabotage by the United States.
One of the big problems for Venezuela has been the oil weapon. Although it still has large oil reserves these are post-Peak and the oil is 'sticky', of low quality.
The western media contends this is all due to Chavez but what can years of low oil prices do?
Here are the latest events.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has refused to pull diplomats from Caracas, arguing the government that severed diplomatic ties with the US is not legitimate and threatening ‘appropriate actions’ if anyone is endangered.
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro declared all US diplomats persona non grata on Wednesday, after Washington recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s president. Guaido, however, said he wanted the US diplomats to stay, setting the stage for a potential diplomatic incident.
As the US does not recognize Maduro’s “regime,” his order for US diplomats to leave is not legitimate, Pompeo argued, adding that Washington will conduct diplomatic relations with Caracas solely through Guaido’s government.
relations with the US, giving American diplomats 72 hours to leave the country,
after Donald Trump recognized the opposition leader as interim head.
US President Donald Trump earlier sided with Guaido, who on Wednesday
proclaimed himself the country’s acting head,“officially” recognizing him as
such. Maduro’s government, in its turn, was described by Trump as an
spokeswoman slams West for