US to withdraw remaining US diplomatic personnel from Venezuela, Pompeo says

(CNN)The US is withdrawing all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Caracas, citing the “deteriorating situation in Venezuela,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced late Monday. “Nicolas Maduro promised Venezuelans a better life in a socialist paradise. And he delivered on the socialism part, which has proved time and time again is a recipe for economic ruin,” he said from the State Department briefing room. “The paradise part? Not so much,” Pompeo remarked. Venezuela is struggling with an ongoing power outage, that has paralyzed most of the country. Rampant inflation and food scarcity have gripped Venezuela under Maduro, and thousands have fled to neighboring countries as shortages, political turmoil and crime rates have soared. Speaking in a televised …