>> The Trump White House on Monday slapping Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro with sanctions, after a controversial vote that the US denounced as a sham election.>> As a result of today's sanctions, all assets of Maduro, subject to US jurisdiction, are frozen.>> The sanctions represent the toughest move yet against Maduro by the Trump administration.
National Security Advisor HR McMaster saying Maduro's actions put him in an exclusive club of dictators, including Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, and Kim Jong Un.>> Maduro is not just a bad leader, he is now a dictator.>> Maduro calling the vote a success and thumbing his nose at President Trump.
>> Why the hell should we care what Trump says? We care about what the sovereign people of Venezuela say.>> Ten people reportedly killed during Sunday's election in some of the worst street protests in months, as Venezuela suffers through an economic meltdown and extreme food shortages. Voters largely boycotted the election on who would make up a constitutional super body, that critics say is rigged to hand unprecedented power to Maduro.
Allowing him to dissolve the opposition-held congress, delay future elections, and rewrite electoral rules to prevent his party from losing power. The opposition saying only 12% of voters actually turned up at the polls, that number disputed by the government, which has the turnout percentage at 42. Maduro's new assembly is due to sit within 72 hours of being certified, his wife and son among those expected to win seats.
Sources telling Reuters that no oil-related sanctions will be included in Monday's action, but such measures remain under consideration.