Trump threatens Cuba with a ‘full’ embargo ‘highest-level sanctions,’ citing Venezuela’s role

nearvideo-warning, graphic video: government vehicle runs over protesters in Venezuela

Venezuelan opposition leaders call for a military uprising against the government of President Nicolas Maduro; Rep. Adam Kinzinger warns of ‘hell to pay’ if the military cracks down on the Venezuelan people.

As Venezuela speech scene of chaos and violence crashed in a dramatic television on Tuesday, President Trump, he warned, would require a “full embargo” and sanctions against Cuba when his troops, not operations stop in the ravaged South American nation.

National security adviser John Bolton claimed earlier on Tuesday that Cuba held niche troops Maduro in power in Caracas.

“It is a very delicate moment,” Bolton said, adding that “all options” remained on the table-including possibly a U.S. military intervention. “The President wants to see a peaceful transfer of power.”

Trump’s dramatic threat came hours after his government an overwhelming ongoing Venezuelan opposition effort in favour of, under the direction of Juan Guaido and Leopoldo Lopez, sparking a military revolt against the President Nicolas Maduro. The Trump administration has worked to roll back Obama-era easing of the Cold war sanctions against Cuba.

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo told reporters on Tuesday that Maduro had committed on his way out of the country for Cuba, but Russia, he said, he should stay. Bolton, meanwhile, warned Russia against interference.

The U.S. government, said about 20,000 Cuban troops and agents in Venezuela to support the Maduro government, a number that is disputed by Cuba.

Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro face off with the Bolivarian National guardsmen in armored vehicles loyal to the President during an attempted military uprising in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Opposition leader Juan Guaido to the streets with a small squad of heavily armed troops in a call for the military to rise up and oust Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

In February, the Navy allowed Craig S. Faller, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Maduro, out of fear for his safety has “completely surrounded[ed]” itself with Cuban security.

“I think it is a good feeling of where the loyalty of the Venezuelan people, that its immediate security force is composed of Cubans,” Faller said of the Committee.

The White house has long been connected to Venezuela’s fortunes in Cuba. In a major foreign policy address earlier this year, trump declared: “If Venezuela is free of charge, and Cuba is free, and Nicaragua is free, which is the first free hemisphere in the history of mankind.”

Trump continued, as the crowd shouted: “The days of socialism and communism are numbered, not only in Venezuela, but in Nicaragua and Cuba as well. We love Cuba? We love Nicaragua? The Large Countries. A lot of potential.”

The United States and over 50 other Nations have taken the position that Maduro’s re-election last year was marred by fraud and he is not the legitimate President of Venezuela, a once prosperous nation, the world’s largest oil reserves.


In January, the administration has the unusual step, the recognition Guaido, the leader of the opposition in the national Assembly, as interim President. In addition, punishing sanctions imposed on the country, the oil sector, the deepening of the economic crisis.

Supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaido Fans shout chat in the direction of pro-Maduro supporters outside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Despite these and other measures, Maduro, the handpicked successor of Chavez, has maintained its grip on the country and the support of the security services.

Support seemed, had crack Tuesday with the Start of what is called the opposition the “Operation freedom” that began with the early-morning release a short video of Guaido and Lopez, in addition to a few dozen national guardsmen, the people are pushing to go “on the road”.

In a video-live-transmissions on the world, a armored vehicle might be seen, the travel through the middle of the street, hitting a crowd of protesters loyal to Guaido, allegedly threw stones at security forces. Dozens of injuries have been reported.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL., the actions condemned by the Venezuelan security forces, said that “the military and security leaders must recognize that they are responsible for,” he said on Twitter.


“What we see today in Venezuela, the will of the people peacefully to change the course of their country from despair, of freedom and democracy,” Pompeo tweeted early in the reaction. “The United States stands with you.”

The Trump administration was somewhat caught off-guard by Guaido the decision to launch the campaign on Tuesday Elliott Abrams, the special representative for Venezuela, said that the administration had the expected large demonstrations and protests take place on Wednesday for the may day holiday.

Fox News’ Lucia Suarez Sang, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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