US Pulls Remaining Embassy Staff From Venezuela
Citing the “deteriorating situation,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington would withdraw all its Caracas-based diplomatic staff from the chaos-stricken country, which has suffered from widespread power outages in addition to its protracted political crisis. In a televised address yesterday, President Nicolás Maduro blamed the U.S. “imperialist government” for orchestrating the blackout, which has claimed 15 lives since last week.
What are Maduro’s opponents doing? The National Assembly approved a national emergency decree by opposition leader Juan Guaidó that could pave the way for foreign intervention, though U.S. officials say that’s still unlikely.