PARADISE LOST: Trump Admin Imposes MAJOR SANCTIONS on Maduro's Family, Top Officials

PARADISE LOST: Trump Admin Imposes MAJOR SANCTIONS on Maduro's Family, Top Officials

The U.S. sanctioned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's wife and five of his associates, as the Trump administration continues to punish his regime for corruption and anti-democratic practices.

This combo photo shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's inner circle from left to right; his wife and first lady Cilia Flores in Caracas on August 5, 2017, Minister of Communications Jorge Rodriguez in Santo Domingo on December 1, 2017, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez in Moscow on February 6, 2017, and Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez in Caracas on August 8, 2017.

"Thank you Donald Trump", Maduro said during a broadcast on state television, as quoted by Reuters.

"We ask the nations gathered here to join us in calling for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela", Trump said.

Trump, arriving at the United Nations General Assembly before his speech Tuesday, said Venezuela is "a very sad case and we want to see it fixed".

U.S. slaps sanctions on top Venezuelan officials, including President Maduro’s wife

The "migration crisis coming out of Venezuela is not just a local problem, it has to be a problem for our hemisphere and really a global problem", Freeland said at an event on the sidelines of the United Nations assembly.

The US has been at odds with Venezuela's socialist government for decades. "And all of us need to continue to let the people of Venezuela know that they have our support".

The Treasury Department also sanctioned First Lady and Former Attorney General Cilia Adela Flores de Maduro, Executive Vice President Delcy Eloina Rodriguez Gomez, Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Jesus Rodriguez Gomez, and Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino Lopez. Maduro himself has been under sanctions since July 2017. "We are continuing to designate loyalists who enable Maduro to solidify his hold on the military and the government while the Venezuelan people suffer", Mnuchin said.

Some 2.3 million Venezuelans, or 7.5 per cent of the population, live overseas with the number sharply growing in the past several years as hyperinflation slashes the worth of salaries and makes necessities prohibitively expensive, according to the UN.

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