United States blacklists Venezuela's first lady, officials in latest sanctions

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The United States greatly appreciates the generosity and compassion of countries throughout the hemisphere who are hosting hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans fleeing the crisis in their country.

But at the same time, he said he was willing to talk with Trump. "I also come to receive the solidarity of governments and peoples".

"I'm willing to meet with anybody anytime I can [to] save lives, help people", Trump said as he was pummeled by reporters' questions about whether the U.S. would ever intervene with military to remove Maduro. "We're going to take care of Venezuela", he said, calling Venezuela's situation a disgrace.

The surprise visit came after Maduro threatened to skip the global gathering, citing fears he could be assassinated as his once-wealthy OPEC nation spirals into a brutal economic crisis and worldwide pressure mounts for the socialist leader to step down. Today, socialism has bankrupted the oil-rich nation and driven its people into abject poverty...

"The failure of leadership in Venezuela is of concern not just to us, but to leaders in the region, friends to Venezuela and of concern to the world", Trudeau said.

He tweeted a photo of himself aboard the plane, saying he meant to "bring the truth" about Venezuela to the U.N. He made a point of saying he was accompanied by his wife, Cilia Flores, who was sanctioned Tuesday by the U.S. Treasury, which also seized a plane belonging to a Maduro ally.

But as Washington and US allies ratcheted up the pressure on the 55-year-old former bus driver, Maduro announced - via a video on Twitter - that he had arrived in New York Wednesday, saying he was "charged with emotion, passion and truth so that the entire world knows that Venezuela is on its feet".

For his part, the Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Jorge Valero, rejected the resolution, calling it "the beginning of an escalated intervention" by foreign governments.

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He nonetheless said he hoped to arrange a face-to-face meeting with Trump. The statement added that Trump's comments "emerge from a context of successive threats of military intervention in Venezuela, which could tend to create a regional conflict of unforeseen proportions".

Sanctions such as those published on Tuesday bar American citizens and companies from any dealings with the individuals in question, which blocks them from holding bank accounts or contracting services from USA firms. Ninety percent of the displaced have stayed in neighboring countries, and now, some 5,000 Venezuelans leave their country every day. We're all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very very far away, Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering and dying.

A military option mulled by Trump could entail supporting a coup to oust Maduro rather than a full-fledged invasion by United States forces.

Trump's remarks drew condemnation at the time. "Anytime I can save lives and help people, (even) if it's one life".

Nevertheless, a year later, the idea of a military option has gained traction.

He went on to say that such conflict between his government and the USA administration goes beyond the current issue to a more historical confrontation between imperialism and the struggle for sovereignty.

The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control also sanctioned a network of companies maintained by businessman Rafael Alfredo Sarria Diaz as a front organization for Diosdado Cabello Rondon, president the Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly.

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