Diaz-Balart Commends Sanctions on Maduro’s Inner Circle
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced sanctions targeted at members of Venezuelan Dictator Nicolas Maduro’s inner circle, including his wife Cilia Adela Flores, Delcy Rodriguez, and a network supporting Rafael Sarria, a front man for Diosdado Cabello. The administration has issued several rounds of sanctions against Venezuelan regime operatives.
“I commend the administration for today’s imposition of additional tough sanctions targeting Maduro’s inner circle, including his wife, Delcy Rodriguez, and a network supporting Rafael Sarria, a front man for Diosdado Cabello.
“Those who are responsible for the corruption, human rights abuses, and the crippling of Venezuela’s economy must be held to account. Perpetrators are on notice that their properties will be blocked, and that the United States will not stand by as Maduro’s cronies enrich themselves at the expense of the Venezuelan people.
“The United States must continue to do all it can to continue to identity perpetrators and their front men and prohibit their use of the U.S. financial systems. To date, the administration has sanctioned more than fifty individuals, including Maduro himself. While the Venezuelan people suffer extreme hardship, oppression, and brutal assaults on the country’s democratic institutions, the United States stands with the longsuffering Venezuelan people by holding their oppressors accountable.”