Venezuela: Trump recognises opposition leader as president
- Juan Guaidó, 35, also recognised by Canada, Brazil and Argentina
- Venezuela expels US diplomats and severs relations
Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó has declared himself interim president, in a dramatic escalation of efforts to force out Nicolás Maduro who has overseen the country’s slide into authoritarianism and economic ruin.
Guaidó was quickly recognised by the US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and other US allies in the Americas. Donald Trump warned that “all options are on the table” if Maduro responded with force against the opposition, but US officials made clear that in the immediate future, the White House was focused on economic measures and would look at ways to transfer Venezuelan assets and oil revenues to Guaidó and the opposition-run national assembly.