"Today, the State Department announces that the United States will revoke 77 visas, including those of many officials of the Maduro regime and their families. We will continue to hold the Maduro regime accountable until freedom is restored in Venezuela."
The State Department already informed on Friday that it had annulled the visas of 49 Venezuelans close to Maduro. And in early February he said he was revoking the visas of an unspecified number of members of the Constituent Assembly, elected at the request of Maduro in a vote boycott by the opposition, he said.
This decision leaves holders of visas liable for deportation if they are in US territory.
"Nicolás Maduro is a dictator with no legitimate right to power, and he must leave," insisted Pence, speaking before the Latino Coalition organization, which brings together Hispanic entrepreneurs in the United States.
Washington applies sanctions on Venezuelan officials and former officials for corruption, drug trafficking and human rights abuses since 2015, when it declared Venezuela "a threat to national security." But since August of 2017, he has intensified economic and diplomatic measures against Venezuelan authorities, including Maduro and other senior officials.
What happens internally in Venezuela? : The ambassador of Germany is expelled for alleged interference
The Maduro Regime declared the German ambassador, Daniel Kriener, persona non grata, for supposed interference in the internal affairs of the country and gave him 48 hours to leave the national territory.
Through his official account on Twitter, the Chancellor of the Republic, Jorge Arreaza, published: "The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela makes public the decision to declare the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany persona non grata, Daniel Kriener, before his recurrent acts of interference in the internal affairs of the country."
"Venezuela considers it unacceptable for a foreign diplomat to exercise a public role more appropriate to a political leader in clear alienation with the extremist conspiracy agenda of the Venezuelan opposition," reads part of the communique.
Expulsion of German ambassador "aggravates the situation" in Venezuela, warns Berlin
The decision of the Nicolás Maduro regime to expel the German ambassador on Wednesday for his support of the opposition leader and president in charge Juan Guaidó "aggravates the situation" in Venezuela, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement.
It is an incomprehensible decision, which aggravates the situation," Maas said in his note.
Venezuela declared "persona non grata" the German ambassador to that country, Daniel Kreiner, because the diplomat received -recognized Guaidó interim president for more than 50 countries- in the Caracas airport to the return of opposition leader after a visit to several countries South American
In his note, the German Minister of Foreign Affairs said that "our support, the support of Europe, Juan Guaidó remains intact. Ambassador Kreiner has done an excellent job in Caracas, particularly in recent days.
The Venezuelan government gave Kreiner Wednesday 48 hours to leave the country.
At the airport in Caracas on the arrival of Guaidó, Kreiner was accompanied by diplomatic representatives from several countries, including South American countries, but for the moment this decision only affects the German ambassador.
The Government indicated that the withdrawal of the credentials to the German diplomat was due to "recurrent acts of interference in the internal affairs of the country".