White House Sanctions Top Venezuela Officials, Trump Decries Socialist Regime

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At a public event on Monday, Maduro said, "I think if President Donald Trump and I speak, we'll understand each other. More than 2 million people have fled the anguish inflicted by the socialist Maduro regime and its Cuban sponsors", Trump said.

Maduro says he is the victim of an "economic war" led by US-backed adversaries.

Trump said on Wednesday that all U.S. options are on the table to help end the political, economic and humanitarian chaos in Venezuela - even the "strong ones".

Pays de Gex, France, September 26, 2018 (venezuelanalysis.com) - US President Donald Trump took aim at Venezuela at the United Nations Tuesday, hitting Caracas with a fresh round of sanctions and openly talking about the military overthrow of President Nicolas Maduro. He stands accused of authoritarianism over his crackdowns on protests and attempts to shut off opposition paths to power.

The other Venezuelan officials US Treasury targeted with sanctions were described as members of Maduro's inner circle - Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez and Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez.

According to the UN's International Organization for Migration, an estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans were living overseas as of July 2018.


"We are continuing to designate loyalists who enable Maduro to solidify his hold on the military and the government while the Venezuelan people suffer", Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement.

"The failure of leadership in Venezuela is of concern not just to us, but to leaders in the region, friends to Venezuela and of concern to the world", Trudeau said.

The request - announced on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly - also bolsters the idea that worldwide bodies can hold corrupt or abusive leaders or governments responsible before their citizens.

Trump said in a Tuesday speech at the United Nations that the U.S. has begun an "economic pressure" campaign against Iran over its nuclear ambitions and behaviour in the region.

"The strong ones and the less than strong ones and you know what I mean by strong".

The Venezuelan President is due to address the UN General Assembly himself on Wednesday afternoon.


Maduro has hung on to power in part because of continued support of members of the armed forces such as Padrino, 55, who was appointed defence minister in 2014.

Trump added to the pressure Wednesday from the United Nations meetings in NY, where he appeared to allude to a USA military intervention of the sort he had previously reportedly broached with advisors.

Separately, a group of Latin American nations will present a complaint in NY on Wednesday against the Maduro administration for alleged human rights abuses to be investigated by the International Criminal Court, officials said.

The countries, which include Peru, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina, hope to submit the complaint on Wednesday and were seeking backing from more countries to put pressure on Maduro. The president is a vocal critic of socialism and communism and has used impoverished regimes like Venezuela and North Korea to highlight the stark consequences that result from these ideologies.

The president did not rule out military action by the United States, but declined to comment on specifics.

Trump's remarks likely don't indicate a military intervention anytime soon, Farnsworth said.


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