U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement regarding the Venezuelan government's announcement that it will violate its own constitution on Friday evening by swearing in Vice President Nicolas Maduro as acting president:
"Venezuela's own constitution specifies that the head of the legislature, not the vice president, should become interim president following the president's death and that elections for a new president must be called within 30 days. It does not bode well that the first act of this new leadership is to ignore their own constitution. The democratic nations of the Western Hemisphere should condemn this flagrant violation of the constitutional order.
"The Obama Administration should immediately condemn this unconstitutional act and urge our democratic partners in the Western Hemisphere to do the same. In protest, we should cancel plans to send an official U.S. delegation to Venezuela. This is the least we can do to call attention to the disdain some Venezuelan officials have demonstrated towards their own constitutional order."