Who the hell appointed the US Treasury Department to decide who (out of anyone in the world, including you or me) is “legitimate” or not? If you were a critic of the US Government, and you were sanctioned like this, you would become a non-person – unable to buy food or shelter. A totalitarian police state.
Venezuela IS a democracy, what Maduro is doing wrong is having AN ELECTION on how to resolve a constitutional problem. What the US doesn’t like is that his proposed solution will disenfanchise the US-backed oligarchs who own most of the land and all of the businesses in Veneuela. “Yesterday’s illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people”. (And “war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength” – 1984 )
US Treasury sanctions Venezuelan president Maduro
31 Jul, 2017
The US Treasury Department has announced that it is sanctioning Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, describing the Constituent Assembly elections held in the country on Sunday as “illegitimate.”
In an update on Monday, the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said it had added Maduro to its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list. This means that any US-based assets of his have been frozen, and American citizens are forbidden from conducting any business with him.
“The following individual has been added to OFAC’s SDN List: MADURO MOROS, Nicolas… President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,” the update reads.
According to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the White House considers the elections held in Venezuela to be illegitimate and holds Maduro responsible.
“Yesterday’s illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people,” Mnuchin said in a statement. “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.”
Maduro had previously said that US opinion of the Venezuelan election did not matter.
“A spokesperson for emperor Donald Trump said that they would not recognize the results of Venezuela’s constituent assembly election,” he told a rally of supporters shortly after Sunday’s vote.
“Why the hell should we care what Trump says?” he added. “We care about what the sovereign people of Venezuela say.”