[Ed. – This is a typical move when local unrest creates a dicey security situation. As Bloomberg notes, we’re keeping a reduced staff in country, in part to emphasize that we’re not treating the orders of Nicolas Maduro as legitimate.]
Secretary of State Michael Pompeo ordered all non-emergency U.S. government employees to leave Venezuela because of increased danger to Americans after President Donald Trump recognized Juan Guaido as the country’s leader.
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday gave U.S. diplomats 72 hours to leave, an order that Pompeo said the U.S. would ignore. The State Department will maintain a skeleton staff of diplomats at the embassy in Caracas so it can say it’s keeping a presence there.