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Secretary Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday that all remaining US diplomats have left Venezuela " for the moment ", as relations between the two countries continue to deteriorate.
"Today, all American diplomats left in Venezuela the country," he said in a statement, adding that it is "a difficult moment for them".
"They are fully dedicated to our mission to support the Venezuelan people's ambitions to live in a democracy and build a better future for their families," he added.
Despite the staff evacuation, Pompeo said the Trump administration retains its support from opposition leader Juan Guaidó and his attempt to exercise authoritarian president Nicolás Maduro, whom the United States no longer recognizes as the country's legitimate leader.
"US diplomats will now continue that mission from other places where they will continue to help manage the flow of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan people and support the democratic actors who bravely oppose tyranny," Pompeo said.
Pompeo addressed to the Venezuelan people directly in a video tweet and said that the United States is anxious to give them desperate need for humanitarian aid, including food and medicine. "It is the Maduro regime that has prevented it," said He
It is unclear when American co-workers can return to the country, now displaced in political and economic chaos.
Earlier this week, Pompeo declared the decision to withdraw all diplomats from the US Embassy in Caracas, "reflects the deteriorating situation "and said that their presence has" become an obstacle to American politics. " US Pulling out diplomats is outside the embassy in Venezuela "/>