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The Trump administration on Monday imposed sweeping sanctions on Venezuelan state-owned oil firm PDVSA, the toughest U.S. financial measure so far against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Guaido, who proclaimed himself interim president of Venezuela last week with USA backing, told a German broadcaster on Tuesday that he was the country's only legitimate leader.

Bolton had "5,000 troops to Colombia" written on a notepad he held during a news conference Monday announcing new sanctions on Venezuela.

Representatives for the National Security Council and the Pentagon could not be immediately reached for comment.

Asked directly about Bolton's note, Shanahan joked, "I didn't bring a notepad today". Omar is one of only a handful of lawmakers who have condemned US support for the opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

The Colombian Foreign Ministry later said that it did not know why such a note appeared on Bolton's notebook. The Treasury Department said the oil firm has always been a vehicle for corruption for Venezuelan officials and businessmen.

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The US buys a sizeable amount of Venezuelan oil, but Mnuchin said that the sanctions would have a "modest effect" on American imports.

In the meantime, the U.S.

Bolton just exposed real motive for intervention in Venezuela: "We're in conversation with major American companies now.It would make a difference if we could have American companies produce the oil in Venezuela".

The economic sanctions were the latest step from the United States to pressure Maduro to step down.

Colombia's Foreign Minister Carlos has released a statement denying a report that his government going to provide the United States will military bases so that the latter could launch a possible military invasion in Venezuela.

Washington also accepted Guaidó's designation of Carlos Alfredo Vecchio as the chargé d'affaires on January 25. Russian Federation has stressed that it supported Maduro as the legitimate president. The 35-year-old has called for democratic elections free from corruption.


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