PressTV-US expels two Venezuelan diplomats in tit-for-tat

The United States has expelled two Venezuelan diplomats in response to an earlier move by Venezuela to kick out two American envoys.

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement on Wednesday that the chargé d’affaires of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC, and the deputy consul general of the Venezuelan Consulate in Houston, Texas, had been been given 48 hours to leave the US.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday decided to boot US charge d’affaires Todd Robinson and deputy head of mission Brian Naranjo for “conspiring” against his government.

The State Department and the two diplomats have denied the allegation.

The back-and-forth between the two countries came days after Washington imposed new sanctions on Caracas over Maduro’s presidential re-election.

The leftist Venezuelan leader won the presidential election on May 20 by a wide margin, but critics and the opposition accused the vote of…

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