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U.S. Lifts Sanctions on Venezuelan General Who Broke with Maduro

May 07, 2019

The United States is lifting economic sanctions on a former Venezuelan general who turned against President Nicolas Maduro in an action it hopes will lead other Maduro military allies to follow suit, Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday...

Pence’s speech was the first look at how the Trump administration plans to recalibrate its strategy to support Guaido. While U.S. officials have previously dangled what they called “off ramps” for those hit with sanctions who abandon Maduro, this is the first time the Trump administration has made good on its pledge...

“We hope the action that our nation is taking today will encourage others to follow the example of General Cristopher Figuera and members of the military who have also stepped forward,” Pence said in an address to the Americas Society at the State Department...

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