Just two days before presidential elections in Venezuela, the Trump administration on Friday announced sanctions against a powerful governing party politician, accusing him of drug trafficking, extortion, money laundering and embezzling government money. Alert with these people, ' Maduro said last night.
In April, Vice President Pence announced that the US would give almost $16 million to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to assist Venezuelans, who have fled to Colombia and Brazil.
Venezuela's Information Ministry, which handles media requests for the government, did not respond to a request for comment.
The sanctions order also designates three companies - 11420 Corp, Noor Plantation Investments LLC and SAI Advisors Inc, described in a Treasury statement as Florida companies owned or controlled by Sarria - according to the Treasury Department website.
"We are imposing costs on figures like Diosdado Cabello who exploit their official positions to engage in narcotics trafficking, money laundering, embezzlement of state funds, and other corrupt activities", said U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin in the statement.
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The Treasury said in a statement that it has designated Diosdado Cabello, the first-vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, the party of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and Cabello's wife and brother.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro great the worldwide observers for the upcoming May 20 election at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela May 18, 2018.
Washington has used sanctions to pressure Maduro's government, cutting off its access to the financial system and restricting travel by senior officials.
The humanitarian situation in Venezuela has become increasingly dire amid soaring inflation and shortages of food and medicine.