On Wednesday afternoon Juan Guaido claimed to be the legitimate leader of Venezuela. By doing so he directly challenging embattled President Nicolas Maduro’s authority. President Trump promptly recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president.
Maduro responded to Trump’s announcement by cutting ties with the US and ordering American diplomats to leave within 72 hours. Because of the order, it could lead to a confrontation even as the White House dismissed it as “meaningless.”
Guaido, the country’s interim president, sets the stage for dramatic escalation in the coming days, as forces within and outside Venezuela fight to determine its future.
After Vice President Mike Pence recorded a video message to the Venezuelan citizens, the Venezuelan Uprising has escalated.
Below is the recorded video from the V.P. and additional videos from the uprising.