UPDATED 9:08 AM PT — Tues. Nov. 20, 2018
The Trump administration is considering whether to add Venezuela to the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
According to U.S. officials cited in the Washington Post on Monday, the country led by President Nicolas Maduro may soon be on the list of countries accused of supporting international acts of terror. The list currently includes Syria, Iran, Sudan and North Korea.
The report said the State Department is currently asking for input from other agencies on the designation as it could affect international aid to the country. It would also prohibit financial transactions between the U.S. and Venezuela.
This comes after administration officials reportedly met with the country’s military officials to plan a coup earlier this year. President Trump has not ruled out military action against Maduro.
“I just want to see Venezuela straightened out, I want the people to be safe, ” stated President Trump. “We’re going to take care of Venezuela — what’s happening in Venezuela is a disgrace.”
Meanwhile, Venezuela’s exiled Justice Department officials are calling for Interpol to arrest Maduro.
In a letter sent on Monday, the top Justice official — who was forced to flee to Florida — claimed the president has engaged in corruption, while the country faces economic collapse. Along with other exiled officials, he is asking for the agency to issue an international arrest warrant, so Maduro will face 18-years in prison.
Over the past two-years, Venezuela’s economic collapse has caused two million to seek refuge in nearby countries, fueling the region’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades. The Trump administration’s sanctions are exasperating the situation.
Colombia built a tent city for migrants last week, but on faced a violent protest over food rations on Monday, which resulted in four arrests.
“We found some weapons that were turned over voluntarily by people in the camp…four people have been judicially processed, two of them for damages made in public and private property,” explained Jorge Garcia, Security Secretary for Bogota Mayor’s Office.
While Colombia and neighboring countries try to cope with the influx, they are calling for a coordinated international response to the crisis.