Just In: US Announces Withdrawing Embassy Staff from Venezuela with a Pointed Message

Some pretty troubling news out of Venezuela.

The country is entering its second week of a massive blackout and people are dying from the lack of electricity in hospitals and elsewhere.

And now Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the United States will be pulling its remaining people from our embassy.

“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.”

That last part that suggests that there may be more American action coming, although what is not clear.

The people are increasingly desperate and more protests are being called for in Venezuela against the Maduro regime.

They have little power, water and communications.

People were seen converging on a polluted river in order to get water.

From Reuters:

“I’ve never even seen this before. It’s horrible, horrible,” said Tejedor, preparing to carry the container on a small hand cart back to her home in the neighborhood of San Agustin.

Tejedor, who works at a computer technology store, has a two-year-old daughter and takes care of two nieces.

“The ones that are most affected are the children, because how do you tell a child that there’s no water?” she said.

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Schools and businesses were closed Monday because of the blackout.

The U.S. supports the leader of the opposition-led National Assembly, Juan Guaido, who in January, declared the constitution granted him presidential powers. Guaido’s, who promises a new presidential election, is backed by 50 countries as the legitimate leader of Venezuela.

Countries like Russia, Cuba and China support Maduro.

From Fox News:

The U.S. on Monday also imposed sanctions on a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russian and Venezuelan state-owned companies, alleging it tried to circumvent U.S. sanctions on the South American country. The U.S. said it is targeting Evrofinance Mosnarbank for supporting Petroleos de Venezuela SA, the state oil company previously targeted by sanctions in January.