Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Wednesday he is severing diplomatic relations with the United States after President Trump officially recognized Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's legitimate leader. Maduro said in a speech that U.S. diplomats have 72 hours to leave the country. "I've decided to break diplomatic and political relations with the imperialist U.S. government," he said. Maduro was elected to another term in a widely disputed election that has been decried as illegitimate, prompting Guaidó, the opposition leader and president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, to declare himself the interim president. The U.S. recognized him as the country's leader Wednesday after having previously called Maduro a "dictator with no legitimate claim to power."

Scroll for 5 things you
need to know now