CARACAS, Venezuela — Fresh off his re-electionin what critics called a rigged vote, President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela on Tuesday ordered the top American diplomat and his deputy expelled, describing them as conspirators against his government.
In a televised address, Mr. Maduro gave the diplomats, Todd D. Robinson, who is the American Embassy’s chargé d’affaires, and Mr. Robinson’s No. 2, Brian Naranjo, 48 hours to leave the country.
“This is in protest, in defense of Venezuelan dignity!” Mr. Maduro said. “Enough with the conspiracies!”
There was no immediate comment from the State Department.
Venezuela and the United States have not exchanged ambassadors since 2010, a reflection of the worsening state of relations between the two countries.