German minister: Envoys helped prevent Guaido arrest

Venezuela expels German ambassador

BREAKING: Venezuela expels German ambassador for backing Guaido

In the statement, Nicolas Maduro's administration accused him and the German government of "crass" and "unlawful" meddling.

"The Maduro regime has been ripping off the Venezuelan people since it has been in power, going back to when Hugo Chavez was there", Bolton told Fox News' "Fox and Friends."

Neither Venezuela's public prosecutors office nor the armed forces press office responded to requests for comment about Weddle.

"If I thought traveling to Venezuela would be of help, I'm ready to get on the plane but I'm awaiting for confirmation from the U.S. Embassy to see what they know".

Local 10 reporter Cody Weddle has been detained by government officials in Venezuela and is now in custody.

The foreign ministry gave German envoy Daniel Kriener 48 hours to leave for "interference" in Venezuela's internal affairs.

Mr Weddle is the latest in a line of foreign journalists to be taken into custody in Venezuela. "He must be released immediately and the US will not stand for this kind of intimidation!"

Weddle had last posted on Twitter a report for the station along with the following: "Juan Guaidó with a triumphant return to Caracas".

"Our, Europe's, support for Juan Guaido is unbroken".

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"T$3 he president's recent economic sanctions threaten to exacerbate the country's grave economic crisis, causing enormous suffering for the most vulnerable in society who bear no responsibility for the situation in the country", the letter states.

"This action represents a threat against Germany", Guaido was quoted as saying on Thursday.

After the expulsion order, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he had made a decision to recall Kriener to Berlin for consultations.

Maduro is under growing global pressure to give up leadership to Guaidó, who has been recognized by many countries around the world and Venezuela's regional neighbors as the country's leader.

According to the Vice President Delcy Rodríguez on her Twitter account, President Nicolas Maduro "has suspended classes and the working day today in order to facilitate the efforts for the recovery of electric service in the country".

The U.S., Germany and some 50 other countries consider Maduro's re-election invalid and have urged him to step aside so the country can prepare for elections.

Khanna, who spearheaded the letter, urged his Democratic colleagues to unite against USA -backed regime change and sanctions in an interview with HuffPost on Thursday.

He said more sanctions would soon be announced and foreign banks may be targeted if they are found to be assisting Maduro in hiding state assets.

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