Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) welcomed the Trump Administration’s announcement of new sanctions against Venezuelan Vice President Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah (El Aissami) and Venezuelan national Samark Jose Lopez Bello for international narcotics trafficking. The sanctions are authorized under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.
“The Venezuelan government is run by corrupt, incompetent and criminal thugs who have inflicted misery on their own people and routinely used violence to crush dissent,” said Rubio. “For years, I’ve talked about how Venezuelan regime officials are committing crimes in Venezuela, stealing from the Venezuelan people and then spending their riches living in the lap of luxury in Miami. Today’s announcement further confirms how true this is, and the extent to which corrupt and criminal Venezuelan regime officials have been allowed to freely travel and prance around U.S. soil with impunity.
“I’m hopeful this is only the beginning of making sure the Maduro regime feels pressure to cease its illicit activities, free all political prisoners, tolerate dissent, and respect the will of the Venezuelan people, who voted to abandon the disastrous path of Chavez and Maduro,” Rubio added.
On February 8, Rubio joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and other members of Congress in requesting today’s action by the administration.