<img src = "https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/06/12/gettyimages-1094584690_sq-e0a0d37206707c17d1a7b24b4321ef55f6669a1a-s100-c15.jpg" data-original = "https: // media .npr.org / assets / img / 2019/06/12 / gettyimages-1094584690_sq-e0a0d37206707c17d1a7b24b4321ef55f6669a1a-s100.jpg "class =" img lazyOnLoad "alt =" Trump will play with MLB against Cuban players when league against Venezuela helps in luxury from the proceeds of corruption, while the Venezuelan people are suffering, "said Mnuchin.
President Donald Trump raised the Venezuelan crisis in a bilateral meeting with the President of Brazil during the G20 Economic Conference in Osaka, Japan. High-ranking government officials said Trump has a broad agenda, but expects Trump to discuss most, if not all, world leaders about Venezuela.
"That's because the president has not lost focus on Venezuela," the official said. "This is still an important priority for this president, and this is something the president wants to see resolved in the short term because people in Venezuela are suffering every day."
The Trump administration has already imposed sanctions on more than 150 Maduro officials and members of its inner circle, including Venezuela's First Lady Cilia Flores. The government has also taken action against the state owned oil company PDVSA and mining company MINERVIN.
Venezuela's former intelligence chief, Cristopher Figuera, who fled the country after supporting a failed uprising against President Nicolas Maduro, accused Maduro Guerra of an illegal plan to sell gold to the authorities earlier this month Venezuelan central bank included.
"I quickly realized that Maduro is the boss of a criminal enterprise that owns his own family," said Figuera of The Washington Post.
Two years ago, Maduro Guerra threatened to "invade the White House" if Trump followed suit with the threat of military force in Venezuela.
"If the US stained its homeland, the rifles would come to New York and take over the White House," Maduro Guerra said in Venezuelan media reports.
Venezuela is in political limbo since Juan Guaidó, the head of the democratically elected National Assembly, announced in January that it was his constitutional duty be to take over the presidency.
More than 50 countries, including the US, most of Latin America and much of Europe, have since recognized Guaidó as president.
Although home to some of the largest oil reserves in the world, Venezuela has experienced a life-threatening economic and humanitarian crisis that has left more than four million Venezuelans in search of food, medicine and shelter.
By order of the Ministry of Finance, Maduro Guerra's assets are frozen in the United States, and US banks and institutions are prohibited from doing business with them. The Ministry of Finance announced that the government would consider lifting sanctions for those "taking concrete and meaningful steps to restore democratic order".