Pompeo says all US diplomats have left Venezuela

Pompeo says all US diplomats have left Venezuela
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoImpeachment battle looms over must-pass defense bill Five takeaways from ex-ambassador's dramatic testimony Pompeo: No US response ruled out in Hong Kong MORE on Thursday announced that all U.S. diplomats have temporarily left Venezuela, amid a mounting political crisis in the Latin American country. 

"Today, all U.S. diplomats remaining in Venezuela departed the country," he said. 

"They are fully dedicated to our mission of supporting the Venezuelan people’s aspirations to live in a democracy and build a better future for their families," he added. "U.S. diplomats will now continue that mission from other locations where they will continue to help manage the flow of humanitarian assistance to the Venezuelan people and support the democratic actors bravely resisting tyranny." 


Venezuela is undergoing a humanitarian and economic crisis and the country's president, Nicolás Maduro, has been accused of humanitarian violations. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó has named himself the country's interim president, and his leadership was recognized by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE as well as other countries.

The Trump administration has been placing sanctions on Venezuela amid the crises. 

"The United States government, at all levels, remains firm in its resolve and support for the people of Venezuela and Interim President Juan Guaidó," Pompeo said in the statement. "We look forward to resuming our presence once the transition to democracy begins."

Pompeo delivering a message to the Venezuelan people.

“We are prepared to provide the humanitarian assistance that you so richly deserve,” he said. “It’s the Maduro regime which has prevented that.”

Maduro retweeted a criticism of the video that accused the U.S. of not cooperating with Venezuela, blocking its economy and threatening the country with use of force.