Trump dangles investment to Caribbean leaders who back Venezuela’s Guaido

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania with Caribbean leaders including Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Friday at Mar-A-Lago

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania with Caribbean leaders including Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Friday at Mar-A-Lago

The government does not dare arrest Guaido himself and therefore goes for his companions, the opposition leader said at a press conference, according to daily El Nacional.

According to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro allegedly "distorted the original goal of the bank... as part of a desperate attempt to hold onto power".

Maduro says his government is the victim of an "economic war" led by his political adversaries, and blames USA financial and oil sector sanctions for the country's situation.

The department is specifically targeting Venezuela's national development bank, BANDES, and four additional subsidiaries that BANDES owns or controls.

Guaido, who self-declared as the interim presidency in January, has accused Bandes of being used by President Nicolas Maduro's government to funnel money outside Venezuela.

Maduro, who has overseen a dramatic collapse of the OPEC nation's economy, has called Guaido a puppet of the United States and said he should "face justice", but has not explicitly ordered his arrest.

The U.S. continues to hold strong against Maduro's regime, and voice its support for Guaido. Sanctions imposed so far have targeted state-run industries such as oil and gold mining, although President Donald Trump warned earlier this week that they could get a "lot tougher" in the weeks to come.

"We're not bluffing when we told Maduro not to do stuff like this (the kidnapping)", John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser told Univision News in an interview aired Friday.

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The vice president pointed out how the USA has responded to the ongoing situation in Venezuela by sanctioning government officials, blocking them from taking US dollars from its state-owned oil company PDVSA and providing more than 525 metric tons of food aid.

The Inter-American Development Bank said Friday its annual meeting would exit China after the United States led objections to Beijing's refusal to grant a visa to the Venezuelan representative backed by Washington. "Almost three million people have fled the country since 2015, placing extra pressure on neighboring Latin American countries such as Colombia and Brazil".

The United States, the Lima Group of American countries and the Organization of American States (OAS) condemned the detention of Roberto Marrero, who was abducted by the secret service Sebin in an overnight raid.

The United States this month withdrew all its diplomats from Venezuela. And every nation of the world owes it to hopeful young Venezuelans like Daniel to do the same.

For years, Venezuela has provided then with a reliable supply of oil on low-credit terms, leaving them indebted to Caracas.

"So today, we call on every nation in the worldwide community to join us, and to withdraw support from the failed dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro", wrote Pence.

"I think we all recognize there's a problem in Venezuela. I think there is a growing consensus that there needs to be fresh elections in Venezuela to resolve the humanitarian crisis".

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