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Pompeo: All US diplomats have left Venezuela as crisis deepens

A woman yells about her lack of medicine beside a blockade of National Guard troops in Capacho, Venezuela, on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

MICHAEL ROBINSON CHAVEZ/THE WASHINGTON POST

By CAROL MORELLO | The Washington Post | Published: March 14, 2019

The last remaining U.S. diplomats in Caracas have left Venezuela "for the time being," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday shortly after they and their Marine guards boarded a flight for the United States.

"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 a statement. "We look forward to resuming our presence once the transition to democracy begins."

The United States had withdrawn most of the diplomatic staff from the embassy five weeks ago, leaving a core group behind. But Pompeo determined that conditions had deteriorated so much that it was necessary pull out the remaining diplomats for their own safety as the embassy struggled to keep going without fresh water and fuel for generators.

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