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Rubio, Menendez push for emergency UN session on Venezuela

Rubio, Menendez push for emergency UN session on Venezuela
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Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP senators question Amazon on removal of book about 'transgender moment' CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be Watch live: Day 2 at CPAC MORE (R-Fla.) and Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezBiden holds off punishing Saudi crown prince, despite US intel Senate confirms Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador The Memo: Biden bets big on immigration MORE (D-N.J.) in a letter on Thursday urged President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE to take up action on Venezuela and its president, Nicolás Maduro.  

The senators requested that Trump direct "[United Nations] Ambassador Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyHaley praises Trump CPAC speech after breaking with him over Capitol riot Poll shows most GOP voters back Trump 2024 bid The Memo: CPAC fires starting gun on 2024 MORE to call for the United Nations Security Council to hold an emergency session or related meeting on Venezuela, and for the United Nations to create a special envoy for Venezuela to monitor and address these issues."

Rubio and Menendez accused Maduro of supporting drug cartels and terror organizations, as well as abusing political opponents and causing an economic crisis in his country. 

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The letter says the issues are evidence of the Maduro regime's efforts to "promote instability in the Western Hemisphere."

The senators also urged Trump to work with Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonLawmakers to roll out legislation reorganizing State cyber office New State Department cyber bureau stirs opposition Blinken tells State Department staff 'I have your back' MORE to ensure that the South American country remains a priority and to use all diplomatic tools to "promote peace and accountability in Venezuela."

Menendez and Rubio sent a separate letter to Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief Manchin flexes muscle in 50-50 Senate Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' MORE on Wednesday, calling for the Justice Department to probe allegations of drug trafficking against senior Venezuelan officials. 

"This lawless environment threatens the stability and security of the region, including the United States, by providing fertile ground for drug cartels and U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations, such as the FARC and ELN, to operate," the senators wrote. 

Tensions between Washington and Caracas have increased in recent months. 

The U.S. imposed sanctions on Venezuela in July after Maduro called for a vote to rewrite the country's constitution. 

The Treasury Department announced earlier this month it had issued sanctions against four Venezuelan military officials for "corruption and repression."