U.S. revokes Venezuelan ambassador's visa
December 29th, 2010
10:02 PM ET

U.S. revokes Venezuelan ambassador's visa

The U.S. government has taken "reciprocal action" against Venezuela's rejection of the U.S. ambassador to Caracas by revoking the visa of the Venezuelan ambassador to Washington, a State Department official said Wednesday.

"We said there would be consequences when the Venezuelan government rescinded (the agreement to accept the diplomatic credentials) regarding our (ambassadorial) nominee, Larry Palmer. We have taken appropriate, proportional and reciprocal action," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Wednesday night.

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  1. Giannina

    I'm Venezuelan happy and proud, but even happier about not having to live in a pseudo democracy! Came to the US in 2001 in an effort to escape what has come to be a second Cuba with a President that acts as though he were omnipotent. My people are beautiful (thanks Florencia) but we have not been successful at uniting efforts to overturn his decisions and in time get him out. If punishing as though we were in third grade is what takes to remind him that he isn't GOD then the US should get a round of applause!

    December 30, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • TruVenezuela

      Democracy is not about "uniting efforts to overturn his decisions and in time get him out." Democracy is about gathering the support and representing the will of the majority of the people. And Mr. Chavez has been successful at this. If your "beautiful people" manage to find a candidate that can convince people that Venezuela is better off doing the bidding of US and Spanish corporations, then maybe you'll be able to "get him out".

      January 2, 2011 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    "Chavez and his people are getting away with murder, lierally..." say's Maria's post. Can Maria count? Total the number of murders in the USA Now do the same for Venezuela.. Now who is "literally" getting away with murder? Get a clue.

    December 30, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Strained Laughter

    I'll bet the State Dept. is being reallll careful with their "cables" this time. Wouldn't want anyone finding out how much "secret" influence the oil companies have in the US, eh?

    December 30, 2010 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    Yeah, some "secret" eh? Not to mention the "secret" ties with pharmaceutical giants. Or the "secret" export sale of weapons for profit. Most all of US know of these things, secretly approving of them so we can drive gas-guzzlers, eat our xanax from cerial bowls, and feel well defended.

    December 30, 2010 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bplease

    Not sure if we have all the facts here...Its about Venus. un-willgness to work with the US, as well as trying to dictate our government`s appointees. No matter what the facts are,(on this issue and others) some will continue to criticize this administration regardless(need more hugs, instead of therapy once a week-double up,and less on-line time). Get over it! 1 more yr. Then we will c what the gop will do as the rich get richer and the poor... As we need to explore wind,solar,corn, sugar cane etc

    December 30, 2010 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    We already saw what the Elephant does right after we saw what the Donkey did not long after we saw what the Elephant did right after the Donkey did what the Donkey did befor the Elephant did it's doings right after the Donkey did something other than what the Elephant wanted to do but the Donkey did it anyway's because the Elephant was going to do it to begin with but the Donkey did it first so the Elephant did it too. aka...we already tried them both over and over and over and over and over and over again. Same old sh/t, different animal.

    December 30, 2010 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    "When a nation becomes corrupt and prefers the rule of [a] man over the rule of law, it has entered upon destruction, notably [but not only] it's own."–Scaevola

    December 30, 2010 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. ben

    Phil, you are a real nut.

    December 30, 2010 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Willie D

    GOD BLESS THE U.S.A. Give me a break! We are dealing with socialist and dictators. Some people will never realize how good we have it here in these United States Of America.

    December 30, 2010 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ignacio Aguilar

    Why CNN doesn't report the reason behind Venezuela's rejection of US ambassador?

    December 30, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack in NY

      There is NO reason to report it. Chavez has been bashing USA and Europe for years. It is time that we take action. Therefore, Chavez can send his puppets to Iran, Cuba, N.Korea, Russia or Sudan. They are his good friends, and a good vacation places NOT!

      December 30, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack in NY

      @Ignacio Aguilar, Oh pls don't forget to tell Chavez that all the Asian countries don't want him to be their friend either. They just want Venezuela's resources to keep their economies growing.

      December 30, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sidewinder

    "Venezuela has one of Latin America's highest murder rates. The human rights group Provea says there were 13,985 homicides reported in the country of 28 million people in 2009." Chavez is getting up there. The US is not very well going to give access to an ambassador representing a country whose government (dictator) has refused access to our own US counterpart. What for?- That simply doesn't make sense to me. In any case it's possibly one on a long list of strategic moves both countries have up their sleeves.

    Unless at this point, they're just winging it, lol.

    December 30, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack in NY

      LOL take a look at their leader CHAVEZ1

      December 30, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Big Joe

    What Chavez vastly lacks in intellect, he is unable to make up for in his manhood.

    December 30, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. tjaracas

    In reality nothing has happened. Revoking a visa is not cutting diplomatic ties. Now people should talk and straighten out this situation because with current oil deliveries to USA it looks like a loose loose situation for everybody involved. And yes murder rate per citizen is high here. I think we need to solve our internal problems ourselves and Palmer should be welcome here so we can move on with the show.

    December 30, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. Gerry

    phil... stop rambling.

    December 30, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kate

    I realize we are living in a soundbite world, but I hardly call 2 paragraphs a story or even a blog post. If you are going to report on something, how about a bit more than a headline?

    December 30, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
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