All US diplomats have left Venezuela, says Mike Pompeo

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 17, 2019

Pompeo addressed the Venezuelan people directly in a video tweet, saying the U.S.is eager to provide them desperately needed humanitarian assistance, including food and medicine. The U.S. flag outside the embassy had been taken down.

"Today, all USA diplomats remaining in Venezuela departed the country", he said in a statement, adding that it is "a hard moment for them".

"The United States government, at all levels, remains firm in its resolve and support for the people of Venezuela and Interim President Juan Guaido", Pompeo added.

"We look forward to resuming our presence once the transition to democracy begins". Most countries in Europe and Latin America have followed suit.

At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, State Department spokesman Robert Palladino revealed the government has revoked hundred of visas from "Maduro-aligned" Venezuelans over the last four days. Palladino urged any US citizens left in Venezuela to leave.

China offers Venezuela help to restore power
All US diplomats have left Venezuela: Mike Pompeo

China offered today to help Venezuela restore its power grid, after President Nicolas Maduro accused US counterpart Donald Trump of cyber "sabotage" that plunged the South American country into its worst blackout on record.

Pompeo tweeted earlier this week that the diplomats would be withdrawn because they had become a "constraint" on U.S. policy. The U.S. has led an global effort to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro and replace him with Guaido, who vows to hold a new presidential election.

National Assembly President Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president of Venezuela, leaps on to a vehicle to speak to supporters as he visits different points of anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela, on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

China on Wednesday offered to help Venezuela as it faces a crippling multi-day power blackout that President Nicolas Maduro has blamed on the United States.

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