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 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.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) March 12, 2019
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.
PARADISE LOST: Mike Pompeo Tells World to ‘PICK A SIDE’ as Venezuela Crumbles
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on world leaders to “pick a side” on the escalating political crisis sweeping Venezuela; demanding Europe and other allies oppose socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s brutal regime.
“Now it is time for every other nation to pick a side. … Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you’re in league with Maduro and his mayhem,” Pompeo told the UN Security Council. “We call on all members of the Security Council to support Venezuela’s democratic transition and interim President Guaido’s role.”
Pompeo’s comments come days after the Trump administration officially recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the ‘Interim President’ of Venezuela; sparking Maduro to expel all American diplomats from the country.
In a dramatic shift, Britain, Germany, France, and Spain gave Venezuela an eight-day deadline to hold national elections; saying their governments are prepared to join the US and recognize Guaido as the nation’s legitimate leader.
Read the full story at Reuters.
POMPEO ON HANNITY: ‘The Quest for Freedom is ON’ in Venezuela
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stopped by ‘Hannity’ Wednesday night to weigh-in on the “man-made catastrophe” taking place in Venezuela; saying the US is prepared to help the Venezuelan people “achieve freedom and democracy.”
“What’s the situation and what’s the President’s position?” asked Hannity.
“The quest for freedom is on. The Venezuelan people have made it very clear that their constitution demands that Maduro not be the president. The United States is prepared to support the Venezuelan people to achieve freedom and democracy,” said Pompeo.
“This is a man-made catastrophe by the Maduro regime and we’re intent on helping the Venezuelan people correct it,” he added.
Watch the Secretary of State on ‘Hannity’ above.