President Donald Trump issued a key ultimatum to the leaders of Cuba over the incipient coup in Venezuela, and he did it from his Twitter account.
“If Cuban Troops and Militia do not immediately CEASE military and other operations for the purpose of causing death and destruction to the Constitution of Venezuela, a full and complete embargo, together with highest-level sanctions, will be placed on the island of Cuba,” the president tweeted.
“Hopefully, all Cuban soldiers will promptly and peacefully return to their island!” he added.
Violence broke out in Venezuela on Tuesday as President Juan Guaido called for the people to rise up against the regime of dictator Nicolas Maduro. The U.S. is backing Guaido as the rightful constitutional leader of Venezuela, as are 54 other countries.
Cuba has been allied with the socialist dictatorship in Venezuela, which critics blame for the explosion in inflation and the devastating shortages in food, medicine, and other supplies.
Allies of the Maduro dictatorship have accused the U.S. of “colonialism” and meddling in foreign affairs, but supporters of Guaido counter that his leadership was confirmed by the National Assembly of Venezuela, and as such is the only true president of the country.
Here’s the latest in the unrest in Venezuela:
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