Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Venezuela president crashes United Nations assembly to 'defend his country'

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro then Constituent National Assembly President Delcy Rodriguez left and first lady Cilia Flores wave as they arrive to the National Assembly in Caracas Venezuela. The Tr U.S. slaps sanctions on top Venezuelan officials, including President Maduro’s wife
Faye Gross | 27 September, 2018, 15:28

The U.S. on Tuesday imposed sanctions on a number of people in Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle, including his wife and the South American country's new vice president.

On Tuesday, the Treasury Department announced new sanctions against Cilia Adela Flores de Maduro, the former attorney general and president of the National Assembly.

The sanctions would freeze any assets that a blacklisted person holds under US jurisdiction and ban any USA individuals or companies from making business transactions with them. In May, after Maduro won an election which American officials called a sham, the United States issued a broad set of financial sanctions which effectively blocked Venezuela from access to credit markets. The six-country referral could broaden the scope of the ongoing preliminary probe to the more serious charges leveled at Venezuela on Wednesday and extend the time frame back to 2014.

While attending the UNGA, Trump also held a press conference with recently elected hard-right Colombian President Ivan Duque in which the U.S. leader claimed that a military coup would succeed easily in Venezuela.

On Tuesday, the U.S. treasury imposed financial sanctions on Venezuela's First Lady, which the socialist called "illegal unilateral sanctions".

Trump has periodically taken steps from an "escalatory road map" aides have drawn up that outlines the available economic and individual sanctions meant to pressure Maduro to restore democratic institutions. Wednesday morning, even as Trump said he would meet with "anybody, anytime I can [to] save lives, help people", he reiterated that "all options are on the table, every one". "We are not going to be complicit".

"I am landing in NY to defend the truth of Venezuela, to bring the voice of our fatherland", said Maduro.

Trudeau steered clear of direct criticism of Trump and said Canada and the US share concern about the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

He said Maduro's socialism "has bankrupted the oil-rich nation and driven its people into abject poverty".

Trump says he may delay Rosenstein meeting
Trump acknowledged that he speaks out and takes other actions in response to events, but said that isn't against the law. I would certainly prefer not doing that. "He's a very long-run, historical-minded guy in a lot of ways", Trusty said.


"I'm willing to meet with anybody anytime I can (to) save lives, help people, ' Trump said as he was pummeled by reporters" questions about whether the USA would ever intervene military to remove Maduro.

But his desire for some sort of reconciliation with the U.S. has increased as worldwide pressure has been building on his socialist government at a time of hyperinflation and widespread food and medicine shortages.

Maduro is the president of Venezuela.

The issue is even more sensitive given a New York Times report this month saying Trump administration officials had met three times with Venezuelan military officers to discuss plans to oust Maduro but the plans stalled.

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

"And on Wednesday Colombian President Iván Duque - one of Washington's closest allies - said "the end of the dictatorship" was the "only possible path" for the country".

USA pressure on Maduro has increased as the South American nation deals with hyperinflation, food shortages and declining oil production.

Trump suggested that the Maduro regime could be "toppled very quickly" by Venezuela's military.

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