President Nicolas Maduro warns sanctions order against Venezuelan security officials is attempt to destabilise socialist country
PRESIDENT Nicolas Maduro warned yesterday that US President Barack Obama was targeting Venezuela after he declared it a threat to the US and issued an executive order against Caracas.
The order and declaration of national emergency said Venezuela was a threat to US national security and applied sanctions to seven senior Venezuelan security officials.
Mr Maduro rejected Mr Obama’s extremist measure and explained that the executive order coincided with a failed coup attempt last month that had links to US citizens.
“President Barack Obama, representing the US imperialist elite, has personally decided to take on the task of defeating my government and intervening in Venezuela to control it,” Mr Maduro claimed.
He made an impassioned speech in which he said that he would ask Congress to give him more powers to fight imperialism.
“That’s why they have taken today’s measure.”
He said that the US was a much bigger threat to the world and reminded the public that Washington had issued 105 statements on Venezuela over the past year, of which half were explicitly supporting opposition politicians.
Mr Maduro warned about the coup attempts in January.
Warning that the aggression formed part of plans to destabilise the country, National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello said: “What has been planned, and we have to say it, are military attacks on our country,” adding that “this kind of emergency resolution has been used by US imperialists every time they want to attack a country.”
Mr Maduro appeared on TV with the officials who had been explicitly sanctioned.
He announced that he was promoting one of them — Major General Gustavo Gonzalez — to interior minister.
Mr Maduro congratulated the new minister and his other colleagues for the “imperial honour” given by Washington in the shape of personally targeted sanctions.