US diplomats ordered to leave Venezuela

American diplomats were ordered to leave the country by Venezuela's president after the U.S. said they recognized Juan Guaido as the nation's legitimate leader.
1:13 | 01/24/19

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Overseas to Venezuela where a crisis is growing between a battle between president maduro and the country's opposition leader and president trump recognizing that leader as the interim president and maduro has ordered American diplomats to leave the country within 72 hours. Our chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz has the latest, Martha, the white house is defying that order to have diplomats leave the country. Reporter: The U.S. Says maduro does not hav the authority to kick out our diplomats, so what you have this morning is on one side maduro who was sworn into his second term just a few weeks ago, on the other side, the 35-year-old opposition leader, Juan guaido calling it rigged and being sworn in himself by the national assembly. Caught in the middle, those American diplomats and their families who will remain in the embassy despite massive demonstrations against maduro who is over joeing the economic downfall of this once prosperous country. He is accusing the trump administration of an american-led coup, this remains a very, very volatile situation. It certainly does. Thank you.

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