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GOP Rep. says Russia has nuclear weapons in Venezuela but offers no evidence Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart made the comments in a Fox News segment with host Tucker Carlson

May 1, 2019...Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart asserted Tuesday that Russia might already have nuclear missiles stationed in Venezuela as that country’s political turmoil continues to churn in the wake of a disputed presidential election.

Trump warns Venezuela with new sanctions, won’t rule out military action Trump spoke in a joint Rose Garden press conference with new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

Mar 19, 2019...President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he may impose new strict sanctions on Venezuela in another attempt to force President Nićolas Maduro from office.

Trump congratulates Juan Guaidó on assuming power, amid unrest in Venezuela The call comes amid some criticism regarding the timing of recognizing the new interim president

Jan 30, 2019...President Donald Trump Wednesday morning spoke by phone with Juan Guaidó, whom he has recognized as Venezuela’s interim president, amid violence and political unrest there.

Corker: If We’re Talking With North Korea, Why Not Venezuela? Foreign Relations Committee chairman secured release of American prisoner in Venezuela last week

May 29, 2018...Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker urged U.S. officials to reignite a dialogue with Venezuelan leaders and diplomats, days after the Tennessee Republican negotiated the release of an American who’d been imprisoned in the country’s capital city for years.

Trump Takes Action to Squeeze Maduro in Venezuela WH: Strongman 'starving' his people via 'smash-and-grab' tactics

May 21, 2018...President Donald Trump has ordered new economic actions aimed at preventing the Venezuelan government from selling off state assets, with senior administration officials charging it with “starving” its people via a “smash-and-grab” operation.

Questions Arise About Pete Sessions’ Secret Trip to Venezuela Texas Republican says he was on a peace mission

Apr 9, 2018...Rep. Pete Sessions is facing questions about a previously undisclosed trip the Texas Republican took to Venezuela last week that his office is calling a peace mission.

On Venezuela, White House Opts for Further Sanctions Trump continues to follow pattern of his predecessor, Obama

Aug 25, 2017...President Donald Trump on Friday slapped new sanctions on what the White House referred to as the “Maduro dictatorship” in Venezuela, despite recently warning he might utilize the U.S. military.

Pence Tamps Down Trump’s Military-in-Venezuela Talk In region, VP talks up American economic and diplomatic tools

Aug 15, 2017...Vice President Mike Pence continued his attempts to cool fears in South America that President Donald Trump will plunge the U.S. military into Venezuela’s ongoing political unrest.

Venezuelans use cryptocurrency to bypass corruption, inflation Some charities turn to digital assets to circumvent government’s chokehold on ecomony

Sep 10, 2019...Faced with hyperinflation and borders closed to humanitarian aid, Venezuelans are turning to cryptocurrency as a workaround of government control of money. Aid providers say digital currencies are becoming an important route to bypassing corruption or repressive regimes.