Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Trump administration plans more sanctions on defiant Venezuela

Trump administration officials are warning that the U.S. will impose new, targeted sanctions on Venezuela if the leftist government there does not stop its slide toward autocracy and economic implosion.

The admonishment, shared with POLITICO by two senior administration officials on Wednesday, is the latest indication of the tougher line President Donald Trump is taking toward countries deemed U.S. adversaries than his predecessor, Barack Obama.

It came as the U.S. and Venezuela repeatedly tangled during a dramatic general assembly meeting of the Organization of American States this week in Cancun, Mexico. There, the Venezuelan foreign minister practically dared the U.S. to send in the Marines, called her country's critics “lapdogs of imperialism,” and said Venezuela would quit the multilateral forum ....