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The Wall Street Journal: U.S. sanctions Venezuela’s vice president for alleged drug, terror ties

CARACAS, Venezuela — Vice President Tareck El Aissami has been put on a sanctions list by the U.S. Treasury Department for allegedly aiding drug traffickers and Middle Eastern terrorists.

The move freezes any of El Aissami’s assets in the U.S. It was announced by the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

The action is likely to heighten tensions between Venezuela’s increasingly authoritarian government and the administration of President Donald Trump, who had promised to defend Venezuelans against “oppression” during his presidential campaign.

El Aissami, 42, has been under investigation by U.S. prosecutors for allegedly aiding drug shipments from Venezuela, The Wall Street Journal reported in 2015.

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