US diplomats pulled from Venezuela

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pulled all remaining American diplomats from Venezuela due to what he called a "deteriorating situation."
1:50 | 03/12/19

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Mary Bruce, thanks very much. We turn to that breaking news, Mike Pompeo pulling all the remaining U.S. Diplomats out of Venezuela as the crisis there grows. Pompeo calling it a deteriorating situation, a power outage paralyzing much of country. Our senior foreign correspondent Ian Pannell has the latest. Good morning, Ian. Reporter: Yeah, good morning, Cecilia. It's hard to imagine the situation in Venezuela getting any worse, that's exactly what is happening this morning. The country struggles to cope with yet another day of critical power outages. Overnight with Venezuela in chaos, secretary of state Mike Pompeo pulling all remaining U.S. Diplomatic personnel out of the country. The secretary citing the deteriorating situation in Venezuela. Now in the sixth day of a blackout in much of the country. With hospitals crippled, schools and stores closed and reports of protesters and looters on the streets. Families now so desperate they're gathering water at drainage pipes next to this contaminated river. Amid the blackouts oil exports grinding to a halt which is making Venezuela's economic crisis even worse. President maduro addressing the blackout accusing America of sabotaging the infrastructure as part of a plot to overthrow the embattled leader. The U.S. Denying it's interfered in the power grid. Meanwhile, Juan guaido currently recognized as the country's president by over 50 nations trying to declare a state of emergency and allow the government to seek foreign aid. And that aedes separately needed. It's not just dirty water people are drinking, they're eating rotting food in order to survive. The situation in the capital Caracas described as desperate. Ian Pannell reporting from

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