MADURO TO USA: Venezuela's Socialist President Jets to NYC as Citizens Starve

A health worker shouts slogans demanding fair and higher wages during a protest of the lack of medical supplies and poor conditions in hospitals in front of a line of police in Caracas on Aug. 16

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's wife and three other members of his inner circle.

On Tuesday, the United States announced sanctions on four current or former officials: Maduro's wife and former attorney general Cilia Flores, Vice President Delcy Rodríguez, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, and Communications Minister Jorge Rodríguez.

President Trump said he wants the best for the country as well as the people there, adding, the US will always stand with its allies.

"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.

Trump would not rule out USA intervention in the South American nation and promised to help all Venezuelans, including the many Venezuelans living in Miami.

US Vice President Mike Pence separately said on Tuesday the United States would provide an additional $48 million to "partners in the region" to confront the "humanitarian crisis" caused by the growing migration of Venezuelans.

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The U.S. Treasury said that Padrino helped ensure the military's loyalty to Maduro.

David Smilde, a Tulane University professor who has spent more than two decades living and working in Venezuela, said Tuesday's actions would seem to suggest the USA has given up trying to sow division within the government in the hopes it could force a democratic transition from within.

"This strategy ignores the fact that there have been coup attempts within the past year, and they've all failed", Ramsey said. They made a decision to apply tough sanctions on top officials in Maduro's government.

Maduro later appeared on state television, thanking Trump for sanctions that he called a badge of honor for those around him in a battle against what he calls an imperialist power. I want the people to be safe.

Beyond rallying Maduro's opponents, it's unclear what impact the sanctions will have.

According to The Associated Press, the CLAP program "has become a tenuous lifeline for millions of citizens suffering due to barren supermarket shelves and hyperinflation estimated by the International Monetary Fund to soon reach 1 million percent".

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The president's comments come after he blamed Maduro's socialist regime for Venezuela's economic crisis and mass poverty.

A team of financial forensic investigators from the U.S., Panama, Colombia, and Mexico tracked down transactions that were controlled by a businessman connected to Maduro's government.

Those hit with sanctions will have any assets or property in the United States seized - including a Gulfstream 200 private jet located in Florida and owned by Rafael Sarria Diaz, named as a front man - and U.S. institutions are prohibited from doing business with them.

Its chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda already has opened a preliminary investigation into allegations that Venezuelan government forces since April 2017 "frequently used excessive force to disperse and put down demonstrations", and abused some opposition members in detention. "Every option is on the table with respect to Venezuela".

The collapse of Venezuela's oil-based economy under the increasingly authoritarian Maduro has led to dire shortages of food and medicine. That has fueled an exodus of Venezuelans to nearby Latin American countries, where borders are now overwhelmed by Venezuelan migrants.

Venezuela has said it does not recognize any sanctions imposed on the country without United Nations authorization.

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"Let me be clear: the U.S. will always stand with our allies, " Pence tweeted.

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