Last remaining U.S. diplomats leave Venezuela amid worsening tensions

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:46 AM PT — Friday, March 15, 2019

The American flag flying outside the U.S. Embassy in the Venezuelan capital is lowered as the last remaining diplomats leave the country.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the diplomats will continue their “mission from other locations,” and said that the situation is only temporary. He added, the U.S. will resume its presence in the country “once the transition to democracy begins,” though he declined to offer a specific timeline.

FILE – This Sept. 12, 2008 file photo, shows the U.S. embassy in Caracas, Venezuela. The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced on Monday, March 11, 2019, that it will withdraw all remaining U.S. personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela this week. (AP Photo/Howard Yanes, File)

Pompeo released a video statement directly to the Venezuelan people on Thursday to reassure them of U.S. support in the wake of the withdrawal.

Pompeo explained the presence of diplomats in Venezuela at this time has put constraints on U.S. policy. Despite this, he said the U.S. will continue to stand with self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido.

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