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Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro cut diplomatic ties with neighboring Colombia on Saturday amid a standoff at the countries’ shared border over international humanitarian aid.
“Patience is exhausted, I can’t bare it anymore, we can’t keep putting up with Colombian territory being used for attacks against Venezuela. For that reason, I have decided to break all political and diplomatic relations with Colombia’s fascist government,” Maduro said in a speech announcing the diplomatic break, according to Reuters.
The article goes on to state the following:
The Venezuelan National Guard was shooting rubber bullets and tear gas at anti-Maduro protesters at the border while the protesters attempted to bring humanitarian aid into the country on Saturday, CNN reported.
Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted Saturday afternoon: “Maduro gunships are threatening to fire on a ship sailing from #PuertoRico which is in international waters with 300 tons of food & medicine & at least 6 U.S. citizens on board. #barcopuertorico.”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 23, 2019
President Guaido is personally leading the effort to bring aid to Venezuelan people. The military has a chance to protect and assist the people of Venezuela, not Maduro and a band of thieves. Choose the road of democracy. pic.twitter.com/5dV4GELiry
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) February 23, 2019
To @jguaido & all the people of Venezuela taking a stand for freedom & humanitarian relief: Estamos con ustedes. We are with you. As @POTUS said: ‘The people of Venezuela are standing for freedom and democracy, and the USA is standing right by their side.’ ¡Vayan con Dios!
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 23, 2019
The U.S. will stand against the threats of gangs and thugs and will ensure the safety of our citizens! https://t.co/cAqev1kn28
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) February 23, 2019
More than 60 Venezuelan security forces have defected to Colombia, according to Colombian foreign minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo. This as Maduro breaks diplomatic relations with Colombia today.
— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) February 23, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) February 23, 2019
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