Obama declares Venezuela national security threat, Maduro snaps

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Venezuela’s president is asking for special powers from parliament in response to new U.S. sanctions. CCTV’s Martin Markovits has more on Nicolas Maduro’s reaction to the growing friction with Washington.

Obama declares Venezuela national security threat, Maduro snaps

Obama declares Venezuela national security threat, Maduro snaps

Venezuela's president is asking for special powers from parliament in response to new U.S. sanctions. CCTV's Martin Markovits has more on Nicolas Maduro's reaction to the growing friction with Washington.

Highlights:

  • President Obama declared Venezuela a “national security threat”, signed an executive order approving new sanctions against the country.
  • In a fiery two-hour speech, Maduro called it proof that Washington wants to topple his government.
  • Obama’s executive order targets seven Venezuelan government officials for alleged human rights abuses.
  • This cements Venezuela as Washington’s main adversary in Latin American now that relations with Cuba are improving.