Washington, August 1: The Trump administration keeping up the promise of punishing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, termed him with the name of ‘Dictator’ and banned him from the United States and prohibited Americans from doing any business with him on Monday.
The move of United States comes a day after he claimed victory in the country’s election. The Treasury Department in a statement said, "Yesterday's illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people. By sanctioning Maduro, the United States makes clear our opposition to the policies of his regime and our support for the people of Venezuela who seek to return their country to a full and prosperous democracy," said Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin. "Anyone who participates in this illegitimate ANC could be exposed to future U.S. sanctions for their role in undermining democratic processes and institutions in Venezuela."
The Treasury Department also urged those elected to the 545-member Constituent Assembly not to take their seats and warned that any who support the imposition of an authoritarian regime will also face sanctions.
On the other side, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said from the White House briefing room Monday, reading a statement from President Donald Trump, “Maduro is not just a bad leader: He is now a dictator.”
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro mocked the sanctions Washington slapped on him after Sunday's election of a new legislative super body that prompted the White House to call him a dictator for "seizing absolute power."
He said "I don't take orders from the empire," he shouted to a televised gathering of supporters. "Keep up your sanctions, Donald Trump!" "In the United States, it's possible to become president with 3 million votes less than your opponent. What a tremendous democracy!" Maduro told a cheering and applauding audience. Maduro also noted that the sanctions reflected Trump's "desperation" and "hatred" for Venezuela's socialist government.
Nicolas Maduro was elected President of Venezuela on April 14, 2013, following the death of former President Hugo Chavez. Maduro held previous roles in the Venezuelan government, including as Executive Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Under Maduro, the Venezuelan government has deliberately and repeatedly abused the rights of citizens through the use of violence, repression, and criminalization of demonstrations. At his direction, the regime's security forces have systematically repressed and criminalized opposition parties through arbitrary detention, military prosecution of civilians, and the excessive use of force against demonstrators. Any member of the opposition or critic of the regime risks being detained, imprisoned, assaulted, tortured, and assassinated.
In addition to committing widespread human rights abuses, Maduro's regime has mismanaged the economy and engaged in systemic corruption. Despite having among the world's largest oil reserves, tens of millions of Venezuelans are going hungry because the Government refuses to import sufficient food for the Venezuelan people, engages in rampant corruption around currency and the exchange rate regime, and rejects offers of humanitarian aid.
Treasury undertook the action, in consultation with the State Department, pursuant to Executive Order 13692. The U.S. government and democratic governments worldwide continue to call on the Venezuelan government to halt the ANC process and allow Venezuela's democratic processes and institutions to function as intended. We urge those who were elected to the Constituent Assembly to decline to take office.