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Tuesday, August 6, 2019
President, First Lady To Pay Important Visit Wednesday
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel tomorrow to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, where mass shootings over the weekend claimed more than 30 lives and injured dozens more.
“We are outraged and sickened by this monstrous evil, the cruelty, the hatred, the malice, the bloodshed, and the terror,” President Trump said yesterday at the White House. “Our hearts are shattered for every family whose parents, children, husbands, and wives were ripped from their arms and their lives.”
The President also called for bipartisan action to confront gun violence, condemned the scourge of white supremacy, and thanked law enforcement in Ohio and Texas “who responded to these atrocities with the extraordinary grace and courage of American heroes.”
America takes historic action to cut off the dictatorship in Venezuela
Nicolas Maduro and his cronies in Venezuela have illegitimately usurped power, abused human rights, arbitrarily arrested and detained Venezuelan citizens, curtailed the freedom of the press, and continually undermined Venezuela’s democratically elected National Assembly and its leader, Interim President Juan Guaido.
Today, however, the Maduro dictatorship woke up to a new reality in Venezuela.
With executive action yesterday, President Trump imposed a sweeping set of sanctions that blocks all property of the Venezuelan Government in the jurisdiction of the United States. This historic move is the first action of its kind from the United States against a government in the Western Hemisphere in more than 30 years.
President Trump will continue to cut off the financial resources of Maduro and his enablers, which include officials in Russia and China. The Trump Administration has issued 30 rounds of sanctions targeting approximately 200 individuals and entities, focused on corruption networks that steal from the suffering Venezuelan people.
America stands with Venezuelans as they continue to fight for freedom, human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in their country. President Trump maintains strong support for Interim President Guaido and the democratically elected National Assembly. While sanctioning Maduro strongly, the United States has taken careful measures to provide the Venezuelan people with access to humanitarian aid, including food and medicine.
“All options are on the table,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “The Maduro dictatorship must end for Venezuela to have a stable, democratic, and prosperous future—free from the horrors of socialism that have ravaged this once great country.”
National Security Advisor John Bolton added that “with this E.O., all those individuals that continue to support Maduro must make a choice. Stick with a sinking dictatorship or move toward the right side of history!”