Donald Trump And His Administration Impose New Sanctions On Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro Regime -- Is This Tactic Working?

Venezuela was struck with new sanctions from the U.S. administration in another attempt to force Nicolas Maduro to leave his position -- will they work?

Donald Trump And His Administration Impose New Sanctions On Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro Regime -- Is This Tactic Working?454
source: Al Jazeera

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro’s position has been undermined even further by the U.S. administration last Friday, after an announcement that Venezuela would be hit with several new sanctions.

The country is already struggling to cope with its economic situation after being largely shunned by the U.S., but it does not seem like Maduro has plans to back down anytime soon.

The new sanctions are targeted explicitly at six Venezuelan officials, with the justification that they have been contributing to the blockade of humanitarian aid at the country’s border.

Allegations claim that the six officials have closed the country’s borders with Brazil and Colombia, effectively halting all aid coming in from the U.S. and other countries that oppose Maduro.

The sanctions are yet another move in an ongoing campaign attempting to pressure Maduro into resigning from his position.

The Treasury Departement said in a statement: "This action … targets six security officials who control many of the groups that prevented humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela, thereby exacerbating the humanitarian crisis that has left millions of Venezuelans starving and without access to medical care under the Maduro regime."

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin added: "We are sanctioning members of Maduro's security forces in response to the reprehensible violence, tragic deaths, and unconscionable torching of food and medicine destined for sick and starving Venezuelans."

Juan Guaidó is the proposed new country leader endorsed by multiple western countries after he declared himself president and made a promise to restore democracy in the country.

Venezuela remains in a very challenging position. The country has a vast array of natural resources that can be utilized, but at the same time, it has been struck by massive poverty in recent years, leading to severe destabilization of its society.

Many have pointed their fingers to Maduro as the cause of the current problems, although this has been debated.

Some have argued that Maduro is just being set up as a scapegoat instead. Maduro himself has insisted that he will not step down from his position for the time being.

The Trump administration has made the Maduro exit one of its main foreign policy goals.