The Trump administration moved to clampdown on Venezuela’s socialist regime Tuesday, unveiling a round of serious sanctions against senior officials close to President Nicolas Maduro and his wife.
The new guidelines prohibit Americans from doing business with any assets or companies related to First Lady Cilia Flores, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, Communications Manager Jorge Rodriguez and Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino.
“We are continuing to designate loyalists who enable Maduro to solidify his hold on the military and the government while the Venezuelan people suffer,” Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement. “Treasury will continue to impose a financial toll on those responsible for Venezuela’s tragic decline, and the networks and front-men they use to mask their illicit wealth.”
Maduro’s socialist regime has struggled to cope with Venezuela’s crippling economic collapse in recent years; imposing strict new “revolutionary” policies including a 3,000% increase in minimum wage and creating a new currency.
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MAN OF THE PEOPLE: Venezuela’s Maduro Dines on $100 Steak, Smokes Cigars as Nation Starves
Venezuelan Socialist President Nicolas Maduro was caught on camera eating a $100 steak and smoking lavish cigars during a recent trip to Asia; infuriating millions of starving residents struggling with a collapsing economy and vanishing food supplies.
According to Bloomberg, images of Maduro dining at a famous steak restaurant in Turkey went viral on social media within minutes. The socialist president was traveling back from China where he sought aid for his impoverished nation.
“Maduro visited Nusr-Et, known for its $100 rib-eye, after making an official trip to China in hopes of securing financing for cash-strapped Venezuela. In videos posted by Nusret to Twitter and Instagram, Maduro is seen eating steak next to his wife, Cilia Flores, while also holding a cigar and trying on a t-shirt depicting Nusret, also known as Salt Bae and famous for how he prepares and seasons steaks,” writes Bloomberg.
Venezuela is struggling to clampdown on a devastating financial crisis. Recent reports say nearly 79% of the nation’s residents are unable to “feed themselves” on a daily basis.
RAGE: Venezuela on the Brink after Video of Maduro’s ‘Lavish Dinner Party’ Goes Viral
Poverty-stricken Venezuelans exploded on social media Tuesday after video of socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s lavish dinner party hit the internet, with local politicians and organizations demanding the leader’s removal from office.
The footage shows Maduro dining alongside his wife and celebrity chef Nusret Gökçe at a restaurant in Turkey; eating lamb, drinking, and smoking expensive cigars as his residents struggle to find daily food.
¡VENEZUELA SE MUERE DE HAMBRE y el dictador asesino de Maduro dándose un banquete de más de $1.500 con TU DINERO! Ellos comen y los venezolanos nos morimos por la escasez de alimentos y medicinas #MaduroSeJartaConTUDinero pic.twitter.com/rUUhNRbPRv
— Voluntad Popular (@VoluntadPopular) September 17, 2018
“VENEZUELA DIES OF HUNGER and the murderous dictator of Maduro giving himself a banquet of more than $ 1,500 with YOUR MONEY! They eat and we Venezuelans die because of the lack of food and medicines,” posted one political organization.