Diaz-Balart: Sanctions Against Maduro Send Definitive Message
MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced sanctions against Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro. Last week, President Trump announced sanctions against 13 Venezuelan regime operatives, and made it clear he was ready to issue more sanctions should the Maduro regime move forward with the Constituent Assembly.
“When he issued sanctions last week against 13 operatives of the Maduro regime, President Trump warned: should the Maduro regime move forward with the illegal Constituent Assembly, there would be grave consequences. Today's sanctioning of Nicolas Maduro is a bold and definitive message to him and other ruthless dictators around the globe that the United States will not coddle oppressive regimes.
“For almost two decades, the Venezuelan people have suffered under increasing oppression. The four rounds of sanctions that the Trump Administration has issued over the last six months have expressed solidarity with freedom-seeking Venezuelans while opposing the thugs that repress them. I commend President Trump and his administration for taking a tough stand against oppression. As we continue to support the Venezuelan people in their democratic aspirations, I look forward to continuing to work with this Administration and my congressional colleagues to impose additional sanctions as needed and ensure that basic rights and liberties are restored.”