In a dramatic turn of events over the past few weeks, the White House has shown it has run out of patience with Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro, recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate leader and pressing Maduro to step down. The Trump administration imposed sanctions against the state oil company, PDVSA, and even suggested it might consider a military option to resolve what has been described as a humanitarian catastrophe. Igor Tsikhanenka reports.
Until recently, Venezuela's Juan Guaido was just another lawmaker in the country's national assembly that had been stripped of its powers after the opposition won control of the body in 2015. Now, Guaido - who became the assembly's head in January - has declared himself as Venezuela's interim president and is leading a movement to force the sitting president, Nicolas Maduro, to step down. Bill Rodgers has this profile.