Friday, July 28, 2017

Wider U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela Risk Biting Both Countries - The New York Times

Wider U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela Risk Biting Both Countries - The New York Times

HOUSTON — The United States and Venezuela are on a collision course as President Trump promises to inflict economic pain if President Nicol├ís Maduro goes through with an election intended to enhance his powers.

Mr. Maduro has pledged not to back down from the vote on Sunday, so the only question is whether the collision will be a fender-bender or a thundering crash.

The Trump administration’s move on Wednesday to impose sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials and others close to the Maduro regime was relatively modest. But American officials stressed that it was merely a precursor to escalating actions should the vote go forward.

  

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