The United States Embassy has confirmed that Trinidad and Tobago’s last US ambassador, Joseph Mondello, has died.

In a statement, the Embassy said Mondello, who served from 2018 to 2021, died at the age of 84 on Monday.

He had been appointed by the Donald Trump administration and since his departure, the Embassy has been run by Charge’ d’Affaires Shante Moore.

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Cindy Diouf, said Mondello “loved and respected the people of Trinidad and Tobago and was proud to serve his country”.

But Mondello clashed with the Trinidad and Tobago government over Port of Spain’s relationship with Venezuela, particularly after the Trump administration had imposed sanctions on the Nicolas Maduro administration in Caracas.

Mondello also represented Trinidad and Tobago at Maduro’s inauguration for a second term in office even as Washington publicly disputed the results of the polls.