Venezuelan president slams Trump after new sanctions
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro slammed President Trump on Friday, ordering him to stop “meddling” in the South American country, Reuters reported.
Maduro’s comments came a day after the U.S. imposed fresh sanctions on eight members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court in retaliation for the court’s decision to strip power from the country’s legislature. That ruling was later reversed.
“Enough meddling … Go home, Donald Trump. Get out of Venezuela,” Maduro said in a television speech, according to Reuters. “Get your dirty hands out of here.”
Venezuela has fallen into turmoil amid growing inflation, food shortages and social unrest. Meanwhile, Maduro is seen as trying to consolidate his hold on power in the country and has begun cracking down on protesters.
In a separate statement, also reported by Reuters, the Venezuelan government asserted that the U.S. was trying to destabilize it and accused the Trump administration of attacks “against humanity and its own people.”
“The extreme positions of a government just starting off only confirmed the discriminatory, racist, xenophobic, and genocidal nature of U.S. elites against humanity and its own people, which has now been heightened by this new administration which asserts white Anglo-Saxon supremacy,” the statement reads.