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Miami Herald: Trump Administration is Right to Sanction Maduro’s Henchmen in Venezuela

Jul 27, 2017 | Press Releases

Trump administration is right to sanction Maduro’s henchmen in Venezuela
By Miami Herald Editorial Board
July 26, 2017
Miami Herald
Days before a critical vote engineered by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro — one that would all but turn him into an unmovable dictator — the Trump administration fired a warning shot across his bow, with a solid assist from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. It’s not too late for Maduro to get the message.
The Treasury Department on Wednesday levied onerous financial sanctions on several current and former officials in Venezuela on the eve of Sunday’s National Constituent Assembly. The assembly is a sham body with one goal: changing Venezuela’s constitution to let megalomaniacal Maduro remain president for an unbearably long time.
It would be a significant blow to the National Assembly, the only body that represents the people trapped in Maduro’s nightmare of a government. Trump and Rubio are right.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin ordered that the assets of 13 powerful Venezuelans be frozen. They all are Maduro’s enablers, helping him do his dirty work. Rubio provided the names, which include the chiefs of police, national guard and army, the interior secretary, and government officials set to do Maduro’s bidding on the National Constituent Assembly.
The National Assembly parliament has been in the hands of the opposition since December 2015, when voters democratically elected a majority of the candidates. Since then, confrontations between the Assembly and Maduro’s government, controlled by loyalists of late President Hugo Chávez, have been incessant.
Maduro is looking for a way to dissolve the parliament, the only entity he can’t control; and in his drive to remain in power, the current president shows that he is capable of just about any undemocratic excess.
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