USA: Venezuela sanctioned after «outrageous seizure of power»

Herbert McMaster, the US National Security Advisor, branded Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro «a dictator» after its «sham election» in a press statement, Monday. Allies of Maduro's Socialist Party won all 545 seats of Maduro's new Constituent Assembly after government opposition parties, which will have the power to draft a new constitution. The voting was marred by countrywide protests and... Еще clashes in which ten died. McMaster read US President Donald Trump's statement: «The regime has refused to heed this call [US demands] and its recent actions, culminating in yesterday's outrageous seizure of absolute power through the sham election of the national constituent assembly, represent a very serious blow to democracy in our hemisphere.» McMaster continued, «Maduro is not just a bad leader, he is now a dictator. he United States stands with the people of Venezuela in the face of this oppression. We will work with our partners to hold accountable all those responsible for the escalating violence and ongoing human rights violations.» Maduro struck a defiant note to those who expressed doubt over the results yesterday, especially «Emperor Donald Trump» saying, «The fuck we care about what Trump say to us? We care what the sovereign people of Venezuela say, what you have already decided with the votes.» Steven Mnuchin, US Treasury Secretary, confirmed that Trump was freezing all of Maduro's assets within its jurisdiction. «As the country's head of state, Maduro is directly responsible for Venezuela's descent and for the destruction of democracy. Adding Maduro to OFAC's [Office of Foreign Assets Control] list of specially designated nationals reflects our commitment to not stand by idly as Venezuela continues to crumble under the regime's abuses,» Mnuchin elaborated.

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