Venezuela’s Maduro Launches War Games to Threaten Colombia

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro ordered the armed forces to organize the “Sovereignty and Peace Military Exercises” on the nation’s border with Colombia on Tuesday, following disparaging remarks against that country’s government for accurately noting the link between Maduro and Marxist terrorists.

In this photo released to the media by the Miraflores presidential palace press office, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro jogs ahead of soldiers during a visit last month to Carabobo State. (Marcelo Garcia/Miraflores presidential palace press office via AP)

U.S. Opens Venezuelan Diplomatic Outpost in Colombia

The U.S. State Department announced on Wednesday the establishment of the Venezuela Affairs Unit (VAU) in neighboring Colombia, intended to serve as a de facto embassy to maintain relations with the legitimate Venezuelan government of President Juan Guaidó.

CARACAS, VENEZUELA - MAY 24: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized by many members of the international community as the country's rightful interim ruler, looks on during the international Congress to debate Plan Pais government proposals on May 24, 2019 in Caracas, Venezuela. (Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images)