Trump urges EU to sanction Maduro government in Venezuela

U.S. President Donald Trump urged the European Union on Tuesday to join in sanctioning the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, after a meeting with Spain’s prime minister at the White House.

“We hope our friends in the EU will soon follow the United States, Canada and many Latin American nations in sanctioning the Maduro regime. We need everybody involved,” Trump said at a White House news conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. 

“The citizens of Venezuela have endured immense suffering, poverty, starvation, and dangerous political unrest under Maduro’s oppressive socialist regime,” Trump added. 

Rajoy’s comments were in line with those of Trump. "The international community should be forceful with regards to Venezuela," the Spanish prime minister said. 

"What is happening in Venezuela is unacceptable," Rajoy said, adding that the country operates under an "anti-democratic" rule.