Venezuela: Trump's new travel rules are 'political and psychological terrorism'

Venezuela: Trump's new travel rules are 'political and psychological terrorism'
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Venezuela slammed President Trump's recently revised travel restrictions on Monday, calling them an act of "political and psychological terrorism" after the administration placed new rules on travelers coming to the U.S. from the South American country, as well as seven other nations.

"These types of lists, it is worth underlining, are incompatible with international law and constitute in themselves a form of psychological and political terrorism," Venezuela's foreign ministry said, according to a translation from CNN

Venezuela along with Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen make up the latest list of states to face travel restrictions after failing to meet the minimum information-sharing requirements that aim to make vetting processes stronger.
“As president, I must act to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people,” Trump said in the proclamation that will go into effect next month.
The presidential declaration said that while Venezuelan government had met many of the minimum vetting standards, it has ultimately proved to be "uncooperative in verifying whether its citizens pose national security or public-safety threats."
"Venezuela's government fails to share public-safety and terrorism-related information adequately, fails to satisfy at least one key risk criterion, and has been assessed to be not fully cooperative with respect to receiving its nationals subject to final orders of removal from the United States," the proclamation states, while saying these restrictions are largely directed at "government officials of Venezuela who are responsible for the identified inadequacies."

Venezuelans who hold current, valid visas may also face extra scrutiny in vetting procedures under the new order. 

Changes to the list can be made on a rolling basis with updates every 100 days. The changes can go both ways — countries can be taken off the list, but they can also be put on the list if they are not seen as complying with the standard.