US Kicks Out 2 Venezuelan Diplomats
Retaliation for USAF officers expelled from Venezuela last week
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 12, 2013 7:32 AM CDT
Venezuela's acting president Nicolas Maduro waves a Venezuelan flag over supporters after registering his candidacy for president Monday, March 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

(Newser) – The United States is expelling a pair of junior Venezuelan diplomats from Washington and New York City, returning Venezuela's move a week ago to boot two US Air Force attachés from its borders. "Around the world, when our people are thrown out unjustly, we’re going to take reciprocal action," says a State Department rep, per the New York Times. "We need to do that to protect our own people."

"We do hope for better relations with Venezuela," says the State rep, though the AP notes that Washington counts itself as "highly disappointed" so far with interim President Nicolas Maduro. "But it’s going to take a change of tone from Caracas."

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ashkenxxx
Mar 12, 2013 9:15 AM CDT
Maduro might meet the same fate as Allende and many others if he continues to badmouth the Capitalist system. It is best for him to shake hands with Uncle Sam and then dance the Bolero.
lolitad9
Mar 12, 2013 8:52 AM CDT
"Around the world, when our people are thrown out unjustly, we’re going to take reciprocal action," How about using some of that "reciprocal action" with all the illegals here. If an American stays in Mexico too long, they are put in jail or deported. Why don't we reciprocate that action ?
donwine
Mar 12, 2013 7:57 AM CDT
"We do hope for better relations with Venezuela," ["we think the push and shove works for kids so it will work for us too!"]