THE US has pulled its last remaining diplomats out of Venezuela, calling their presence a ‘constraint’ on Donald Trump’s policy of ousting president Nicolas Maduro.
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo gave no hint of possible next steps when he announced in a tweet the skeletal staff, led by James Story, would be leaving.
But Mr Trump has warned ‘all options’, including military force, were still on the table.
The withdrawal came after four days of crippling blackouts added to the woes of Venezuelans facing food shortages and hyper-inflation.
Mr Maduro has blamed the lack of power on a ‘cyber-attack’ by the US and opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is under investigation.
But Mr Guaido, recognised as acting president by 50 nations including Britain, said the cuts were caused by poorly maintained machinery.
The rush to leave goes on, with a heavily laden woman (pictured) among migrants at the border with Colombia. There has been looting but also kindness, with food that would have rotted in fridges being sent to hospitals.