The United States is withdrawing all remaining diplomatic personnel from their embassy in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, as conditions in the country worsen, Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo said Tuesday.
Pompeo said the movement reflected the "worsening situation" in the country and the belief that the presence of American diplomats "has become a constraint on US policy". Much of the country, including Caracas, was in power for five days without end of power outages in sight. Even before the blackouts, the country fought with violence, food shortages and the collapse of the public health system, leaving many people without life-saving medical care. The blackouts aggravated the situation in barely functioning hospitals where patients begged for help.
The Venezuelan government has blamed the US for the blackouts without asserting that they were the result of sabotage and cyber attacks. External experts have rejected these allegations, but the true cause remains unclear.
The United States has accused Cuba and Russia of supporting Mr Maduro, and on Monday, Mr Pompeo blamed them for the blackouts.
There is no electricity, thanks to the wonders of modern Cuban technology, "Pompeo said sarcastically. "If there is no water, we would like to thank the excellent hydrologists from Cuba. If there is no food, we thank the Cuban communists. "
Mr. Pompeo argued on Monday that support increased for Mr. Guaidó, who is supported by more than 50 other nations, including several Venezuelan neighbors.
"We wish things could run faster, but I'm very confident that the trend is changing towards the Venezuelan people," said Pompeo.