Last week a colleague walked into my office and said “I have it on good authority that the Trump Administration is about to take action toward pushing regime change in Venezuela this year.”

 

I wasn't sure whether to treat this as highly credible, but then yesterday the same person came into my office and said “It has started. Turn on the news.”

 

I learned that the Trump Administration had announced it recognizes Venezuelan National Assembly leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president. Guaido had declared himself the country's interim president earlier in the day.

 

In response to the announcement by the Trump Administration, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro severed relations with the U.S. and gave U.S. diplomatic personnel 72 hours to vacate the country.

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