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Venezuela: 'Not even a thousand Trumps' will make us walk away - foreign minister

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Caracas
August 06, 2019 at 22:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza hit back at senior figures within the Trump administration in a press conference on Tuesday after the US imposed sweeping sanctions on the Venezuelan government.

"Not even a thousand Trumps, nor five hundred Boultons, nor four hundred Pences, nor three hundred Pompeos, not Marcos Rubio, nor Abrahams, nor even Guaidos will get us to leave the negotiating table," declared Arreaza.

The foreign minister blamed the US President Donald Trump personally for the measures, which will freeze Venezuelan government assets in the US and bar transactions with the South American country.

The move is aimed at increasing pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza hit back at senior figures within the Trump administration in a press conference on Tuesday after the US imposed sweeping sanctions on the Venezuelan government.

"Not even a thousand Trumps, nor five hundred Boultons, nor four hundred Pences, nor three hundred Pompeos, not Marcos Rubio, nor Abrahams, nor even Guaidos will get us to leave the negotiating table," declared Arreaza.

The foreign minister blamed the US President Donald Trump personally for the measures, which will freeze Venezuelan government assets in the US and bar transactions with the South American country.

The move is aimed at increasing pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

W/S Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza walks up to podium, Caracas

M/S Arreaza preparing speech

W/S Arreaza preparing speech

SOT, Jorge Arreaza, Venezuelan Foreign Minister (Spanish): "Effectively we will not be able to import the quantity of finished products that we imported. We are making a great effort with national production but this is going to affect the policies of the CLAPS (Local Supply and Production Committees) and the one who is responsible is Donald Trump and the American empire."

W/S Press conference

SOT, Jorge Arreaza, Venezuelan Foreign Minister (Spanish): "Not even a thousand Trumps, nor five hundred Boultons, nor four hundred Pences, nor three hundred Pompeos, not Marcos Rubio, nor Abrahams, nor even Guaidos will get us to leave the negotiating table. We are not going to leave the negotiating table, which we keep attending in good faith, with concrete proposals to achieve a permanent negotiating table and an agreement, to achieve a political agreement or several political agreements with Venezuelan oppositions to guarantee the peace and stability of the country."

W/S Press conference

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