U.S. sanctions wife of Venezuelan President Maduro, other officials

U.S. sanctions wife of Venezuelan President Maduro, other officials

"The strong ones and the less than strong ones - and you know what I mean by strong", he said.

The Trump administration slapped financial sanctions on four members of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's inner circle yesterday, including his wife and the nation's vice-president, on allegations of corruption.

"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 U.S. would ever intervene with military to remove Maduro. "But If I can help people, that's what I'm here for".

"We are continuing to designate loyalists who enable Maduro to solidify his hold on the military and the government while the Venezuelan people suffer", said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. A national disaster has been declared in the central states of Kogi, where the two rivers meet, and Niger, plus Delta and Anambra in the south. Netanyahu, Sisi discuss peace talks AFP, Jerusalem Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met in NY on Wednesday to discuss Gaza and reviving peace talks with the Palestinians, officials said. "Venezuela is in economic ruin".

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said it was also targeting a network that supports Rafael Sarria, a key front man for Diosdado Cabello, the president of Venezuela's national Constituent Assembly. Miami. These are great, great people", said Trump, adding that "The people are suffering tremendously in Venezuela and there's no reason for this. Trump also suggested Maduro could be easily toppled in a military coup, echoing comments first floated previous year that some sort of "military solution" might be needed to restore Venezuela's democracy.

This additional $48 million brings total US humanitarian assistance for vulnerable Venezuelans and for the neighboring communities hosting those who have fled to more than $95 million since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017.

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The sanctions were the result of accusations of corruption by Maduro's government.

Trump notes that the country - once one of the wealthiest countries in the hemisphere - is spiralling downwards.

"All options are on the table, every one".

As he boarded a plane in Caracas with his wife Wednesday, he said he was leaving for NY "full of emotion, passion, truths, so that everyone knows that Venezuela is on its feet".

Maduro said he hoped to arrange a face-to-face meeting with Trump. But, given the country's divided opposition and a mostly loyal military, even that ramped-up US pressure is unlikely to be enough to end the rule of President Nicolás Maduro anytime soon. "We're going to take care of Venezuela", he said, calling Venezuela's situation a disgrace. "Perhaps since [Hugo] Chávez named him his successor, no one had helped Maduro as much as Trump and this nonsense he said today", Human Rights Watch Americas Director José Miguel Vivanco told The Guardian.

First lady Cilia Flores, a lawyer and former attorney general who also ran Venezuela's legislature, frequently appears at public events with Maduro and is seen an important behind-the-scenes power broker.

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