US Marine General Smedley Butler said, “I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests,” and “I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street.”
Trump has acknowledged a new interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó. Venezuelan President Maduro responded that the US was making a “grave mistake” by trying to impose a president on Venezuela. He pointed to Guatemala, Brazil, Chile and Argentina as examples of leftist governments overthrown or come under military rule with U.S. support.
Vice president Mike Pence posted a Spanish-subtitled video on Twitter and YouTube calling president Nicolás Maduro a “usurper” and saying he had “no legitimate claim to power.” Maduro responded by breaking diplomatic relations with the United States and giving diplomats from the US 72 hours to leave the country.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said US diplomats will not leave the country, instead they will be backing Juan Guaidó and any action against them will receive a military response.
Last month, president Maduro said he had evidence that National Security Advisor John Bolton was planning to lead an overthrow of the Venezuelan government, with a plan to assassinate the president with paramilitary forces from neighboring countries.
“I’ve decided to break diplomatic and political relations with the imperialist U.S. government,” president Maduro announced. Maduro warned the Venezuelan people, “Don’t trust the gringo empire. That’s what drives their interest – the desire for Venezuelan oil, gas, and gold. These do not belong to you, they belong to the sovereign people of Venezuela.”
Pompeo tweeted, “U.S. will conduct diplomatic relations with #Venezuela through the government of interim President Guaidó. U.S. does not recognize the #Maduro regime. U.S. does not consider former president Maduro to have the legal authority to break diplomatic relations.”
The Secretary of State released a press statement detailing that if Venezuela tried to enforce the removal of US diplomats, “The United States will take appropriate actions to hold accountable anyone who endangers the safety and security of our mission and its personnel.”
Some in the US have been calling on Venezuela to “recognize Nancy Pelosi as the Interim President of the USA, having suffered under the Trump Regime.”