deteriorating situation mike pompeo orders withdrawal of us embassy staff from venezuela

‘DETERIORATING SITUATION’: Mike Pompeo Orders Withdrawal of US Embassy Staff from Venezuela

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Monday night that the Trump administration is ordering the return of all staff from the US Embassy in Venezuela in the coming days; citing a “deteriorating situation” resulting from the country’s five-day long blackout.

“The U.S. will withdraw all remaining personnel from @usembassyve this week. This decision reflects the deteriorating situation in #Venezuela as well as the conclusion that the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy,” posted Pompeo on social media.

The announcement comes as Venezuela’s socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro publicly accused the United States of orchestrating the crippling blackout; saying the Trump administration has launched “electrical warfare” against his troubled regime.