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"Today, I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela," Trump said in statement.
He called the Maduro government "illegitimate" and "directly responsible for any threats" posed to the Venezuelan people.
He added he would use "the full weight of United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy" and encouraged other governments in the Western Hemisphere to also recognize Guaido.
The citizens of Venezuela have suffered for too long at the hands of the illegitimate Maduro regime. Today, I have officially recognized the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela. t.co...
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2019
US-backed Guaido, who is currently the President of the National Assembly, swore an oath and declared himself interim president on Wednesday as thousands took to the streets calling for Maduro to leave office.
Earlier this week, Maduro had called for a revision of Venezuela's diplomatic relations with the US after Vice President Mike Pence openly called for regime change in the struggling country.
Maduro said the US was shamelessly interfering in his country's domestic affairs and rejected its "imperialist interventionism" which he said promoted "instability and violence."
Jair M. Bolsonaro Verified account @jairbolsonaro 16h16 hours ago Mr. Guaidó, President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, assumed the functions of President in charge of Venezuela according to the Constitution of that country, as endorsed by the Supreme Court of Justice.
Brazil recognizes Mr. Juan Guaidó as President in charge of Venezuela.
Brazil will politically and economically support the transition process in order for democracy and social peace return to Venezuela.
Russia criticised those in the international community who "seek a change in power" and said any US military intervention would be "catastrophic".
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted: "My brother Maduro! Stand tall, we are standing by you." A spokesman for the UN secretary general said António Guterres was calling for peaceful political dialogue to address the crisis.
Are the US going to war with Venezuela?
I don't think that has been announced and I doubt it is on the table.
The BBC seem to have taken the first Maduro cheerleader uniform of the shelf and are dancing. No surprise there.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has broken off relations with the US after it recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim leader.
Mr Maduro gave US diplomats 72 hours to leave the country but the US said the "former president" no longer had the authority to order them out.
The protests this time around are different. No one in Venezuela is under any illusions about the government any longer. Its ghastly record of violence against dissidents is now firmly established, its absolute lack of scruples about what it will do to stay in power clear in every mind.
The regime, which once peddled itself as an alternative model of development for working people worldwide, is virtually out of international supporters. After his artlessly rigged reelection last year, Maduro’s second inauguration this month was snubbed by almost everyone, except for a rogue’s gallery of authoritarian regimes who sent representatives: Cuba, Russia, Turkey, Nicaragua, Bolivia and, tellingly, South Ossetia — a secessionist shard of Georgia recognized by no one outside Vladimir Putin’s sphere of influence.
originally posted by: Xcalibur254
a reply to: UKTruth
Let's be honest. This administration has been looking for an excuse to invade Venezuela for a while now.
U.S. preparing 'actions' in coming days against Venezuela: Pompeo to Fox News
originally posted by: Quetzalcoatl14
WTF I love Maduro now!?
a reply to: UKTruth