(25 Jan 2019) A U.S. official says that some American diplomats and their families preparing to leave Venezuela have headed in a caravan to the capital’s airport a diplomatic standoff with President Nicolas Maduro.
The official spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss sensitive security arrangements.
A letter written by a U.S. Embassy security officer requesting a Venezuelan police escort for 10 vehicles was leaked earlier Friday on social media.
Maduro had given the U.S. diplomats 72 hours to leave the country and close their hilltop embassy when announcing he would break diplomatic relations over the Trump administration’s decision to recognize lawmaker Juan Guaido as interim president.
The Trump administration has rebuffed those demands and said it will keep the Embassy open. On Thursday it said it would reduce staffing levels over security concerns

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