[Ed. – This is significant. It means we’re changing the framework of our options in Venezuela. Once the remaining staff are gone, we’ll no longer have unarmed civilians of the U.S. government in the country. And non-governmental American citizens there will basically be on their own. We can’t be sure how many or what kind of armed Americans will still be there. But the name of the game is changing with this decision. It opens up things we couldn’t decide to do before, even though it doesn’t mandate anything. I think we all agree that there is no realistic “military option” in Venezuela. Just pray.]
The US will withdraw all remaining State Department officials from Venezuela as a nationwide blackout and political turmoil has gripped the economically struggling nation.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a tweet late Monday night that the 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.”
In January, the US pulled out all “non-emergency U.S. government employees” from the country and urged U.S. citizens not to travel to the South American nation.