The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has signed an Executive Order with the intention of further isolating the "usurper" president of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro, freezing the properties of his government in Washington, prohibiting them from being able to "transfer, pay, export, withdraw or negotiate otherwise . "
The order, which was released Monday night by the White House, also blocks the entry into the United States of people considered to have attended or acted on behalf of the Maduro government . The decision puts Venezuela in a similar position to isolated countries such as North Korea and Iran and is a continuation of Washington's sanctions on more than 100 Venezuelans and country-related entities, including state oil company PDVSA - Maduro's financial lung. and the Central Bank.
Earlier, US national security adviser John Bolton said from Peru that the Trump administration would announce new steps against the Maduro government today.
Bolton said he would detail the measures when he presents himself today at the International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela , organized by the Lima Group in Peru, where more than 50 countries and organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Development Bank Latin America and the European Union will discuss strategies to overcome the political and economic crisis of the oil country.
Luis Vicente León , director of the Datanlisis pollster, explained that the executive order excludes food and medicine operations, however, he considered that they will further complicate the day-to-day life of Venezuelans.
"This sharpening of sanctions is terrible for the country and will worsen the already dramatic condition of the economy and the people, without really assuming that Maduro will be taken out of power or will weaken him," he said.
Washington imposed sanctions on PDVSA in March , restricting the sale of oil, which has put Maduro on the ropes. This new measure could mean secondary sanctions for countries that are currently buying oil from Venezuela, such as India.
The United States was the first country to recognize Juan Guaido, leader of the National Assembly controlled by the Venezuelan opposition, as president in charge of the oil country, a frontal challenge to the Maduro government, whom he considers "illegitimate" because he came to power in some "fraudulent" elections. Although half a hundred countries also recognized Guaidó, the "son of Chávez" remains in power with the support of the armed forces.
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