US Sanctions Muslim VP of Starving Socialist Country Reduced to Eating Flamingos

Willard RiveraFeb 15, 2017

Tareck El Aissami, Venezuela's new vice president, has hit back at the United States for labeling him a major drug trafficker and slapping sanctions on him, calling the allegations a "vile" attack.

USA officials also accuse the Venezuelan vice president of associations with cocaine kingpin Walid Makled Garcia in that country, and that he helped coordinate drug shipments to Los Zetas, a violent Mexican drug cartel.

A senior administration official said El Aissami was targeting after several years of investigation before the vice president was appointed to his current role in January. At least according to USA officials.

USA government sources have assured the media that this is not a political or diplomatic punishment for Venezuela, but rather that the Vice-President is being sanctioned because there is evidence, from years of investigations, which prove his ties to drug trafficking.

In particular, the sanctions target thirteen companies owned by Samark Jose Lopez Bello, who is accused of being a "key frontman" for the Venezuelan official.


The wire service, citing a former government official, reports that the sanctions on El Aissami were "months in the making" but were held up under the Obama administration by concerns it would interfere with diplomacy - specifically, with talks between the Venezuelan government and the opposition, and with efforts to win the release of a USA citizen.

A bipartisan group of 34 US lawmakers sent a letter last week to Trump urging the president to increase pressure on the socialist government in Caracas by sanctioning top officials responsible for corruption and human rights abuses.

"Let's not be distracted by these miserable provocations, our principal task is to accompany [President] Nicolas Maduro in the economy recovery", he declared.

The move marks an escalation of the Obama administration's aggressive policies towards Venezuela, which saw Washington designate the South American country an "unusual and extraordinary threat" and sanction top officials.

Democrat senator Bob Menendez and Republican congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who also signed this letter, supported the measure even though they believe it has come a little too late. "Denying a safe haven for illicit assets in the United States and protecting the US financial system from abuse remain top priorities of the Treasury Department". He is also linked to coordinating drug shipments for Los Zetas and providing protection to Colombian drug lord Daniel Barrera Barrera and Venezuelan drug trafficker Hermagoras Gonzalez Polanco, according to the United States document. Reverol has denied the charges.

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