State Department Tells Non-Emergency Personnel To Leave Venezuela

 

The U.S. State Department is ordering all of its non-emergency employees to leave Venezuela. The directive also strongly encourages American citizens who live in or are visiting Venezuela to consider leaving. There is an ongoing political crisis in the country with two men claiming to be president.  The Trump Administration has backed the challenger, Juan Guaidó, head of the National Assembly as the nation's interim president. President Nicolás Maduro is not giving up his office and has ordered all U.S. diplomats out of the country. The U.S. has said it does not recognize any orders from Maduro. 

Yesterday, the head of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro tweeted congratulations to Guaidó while Canada as well as nearly all South and Central American country governments have recognized Guaidó as Venezuela's interim President.  In a meeting at the O.A.S., U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Mexico and the remaining Latin American governments which so far are not supporting Guaidó to do so.  Pompeo also said the United States will provide $20,000,000 in humanitarian aid to Venezuela.

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