23 May 2018
President Nicolas Maduro ordered the expulsion of the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela yesterday. The decision came after a new round of sanctions over Venezuela's widely-condemned election. President Donald Trump responded with an executive order limiting Venezuela's ability to sell state assets. Maduro accused U.S. charge d'affaires Todd Robinson of being involved in a military conspiracy.
He ordered him and another senior diplomat, Brian Naranjo, to leave within 48 hours. He gave no details of the accusations. But said the U.S. Embassy had been meddling in military, economic and political issues, and vowed to present evidence to the nation shortly.