Guaido Claims Has Control Over Venezuela's US-Based PDVSA Subsidiary

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"I know it is a hard moment for them", he said, referencing the USA diplomats.

Maduro repeated his claim that the blackout, which lasted nearly a week, was due to "successive attacks" against the country's major hydroelectric facility at Guri in Bolivar state, "directed" by U.S. President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Pompeo said the diplomatic staff would continue from outside Venezuela to work for its future, help manage the flow of humanitarian assistance and support those "bravely resisting tyranny".

The embassy closure is set to worsen already tattered relations with US President Donald Trump, who has not ruled out military intervention to oust President Nicolas Maduro as Washington monitors rapidly unfolding events in the oil-rich but crippled South American nation.

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Pompeo released a video statement directly to the Venezuelan people on Thursday to reassure them of USA support in the wake of the withdrawal. The U.S. flag outside the embassy had been taken down. He said staffers look forward to resuming their presence in Venezuela "once the transition to democracy begins".

Pompeo tweeted earlier this week that the diplomats would be withdrawn because they had become a "constraint" on United States policy. State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters that the USA has revoked more than 600 visas from Venezuelans since late a year ago.

National Assembly President Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president of Venezuela, leaps on to a vehicle to speak to supporters as he visits different points of anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela, on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Power was restored Thursday after a weeklong blackout that Maduro blamed on the United States. He has also promised an investigation into Guaido for "alleged involvement in the sabotage of the Venezuelan electricity system". "The whole world knows who the saboteur is", he said.

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