All US diplomats have left Venezuela, says Mike Pompeo

All US diplomats have left Venezuela, says Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the diplomats will continue their "mission from other locations", and said that the situation is only temporary.

According to Reuters US official said the diplomats were flown out in a civilian charter aircraft.

The United States has withdrawn all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Caracas as the crisis in Venezuela deepens.

As of late 2018, the US has revoked more than 600 Venezuelan visas. He added, the USA will resume its presence in the country "once the transition to democracy begins", though he declined to offer a specific timeline.

Maduro repeated his claim that the blackout, which lasted nearly a week, was due to "successive attacks" against the country's major hydroelectric facility at Guri in Bolivar state, "directed" by U.S. President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton.

China offers Venezuela help to restore power

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. The U.S. has led an worldwide effort to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro and replace him with Guaido, who vows to hold a new presidential election.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido in January declared himself acting president, which was rejected by Maduro as "sabotage".

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.

Guaido denied the allegations at an anti-Maduro protest Tuesday. "The whole world knows who the saboteur is", he said.

Maduro tried Tuesday to send a group of his relatives to Colombia, but Colombian authorities stopped them at the border, saying they do not recognize Maduro as president and will now allow his family to flee the discomfort suffered by other Venezuelans.

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