U.S. Blacklists 10 Venezuelans for Corruption, Undermining State Vote

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The Trump administration hit 10 more officials in crisis-ridden Venezuela with sanctions on Thursday, after recent elections there were deemed a fraud.

The officials are part of President Nicolas Maduro’s regime. The United States and other governments have labeled him a dictator. Under the sanctions, the officials will have their U.S. assets frozen, and Americans are barred from doing business with them.

“We will maintain our vigorous efforts to sanction Venezuelan government officials … unless they break from Maduro’s dictatorial regime,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

Mnuchin has now sanctioned more than 30 Venezuelan leaders this year, including Maduro and Vice President Tareck El Aissami. The Trump administration has also barred banks from trading or buying newly issued Venezuelan debt.

Read the original article here: money.cnn.com

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