US Imposes Sanction On President Maduro: Venezuela

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epa03645816 Handout photo released by Miraflores Press on, 30 March 2013, showing Venezuelan acting president Nicolás Maduro waves during an event in the Venezuelan city of Barinas. Venezuelans will elect their president next 14 April. EPA/MIRAFLORES PRESS / HANDOUT HO EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

On Monday, The United States Of America Government branded Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro a “dictator” on a par with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad or North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, and imposed sanctions on him.
“Maduro is not just a bad leader, he is now a dictator,” President Donald Trump’s national security adviser HR McMaster told reporters. “The United States stands with the people of Venezuela in the face of this oppression.”
Sunday’s vote in Venezuela to elect a Constituent Assembly that would supersede the country’s opposition-controlled National Assembly triggered international scorn and a US response.
“Yesterday’s illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. “By sanctioning Maduro, the United States makes clear our opposition to the policies of his regime and our support for the people of Venezuela who seek to return their country to a full and prosperous democracy.”
Washington has long been a critic of Maduro and of his late predecessor Hugo Chavez but Monday’s statement marks the first time that senior officials have publicly branded him a dictator. And the United States has already imposed sanctions on several Venezuelan individuals and organizations, but, in taking the rare step of targeting a sitting head of state by name, it signaled growing alarm at the crisis.
Mnuchin said Maduro was only the fourth foreign leader to be blacklisted in this way, and McMaster warned he had joined an “exclusive club” led by Assad, Kim and Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe.
The order does not, however, impose restrictions on Venezuela’s huge oil exports to the United States — a key lifeline for the country’s tottering economy but also its leftist anti-American government.

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