http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/25/venezuela-lashes-out-over-travel-ban/

On Sunday President Trump announced that he had expanded the travel ban to eight  countries, one of which was Venezuela. The ban was specifically placed on Venezuelan officials and their families, due to Trump’s claim that the Maduro regime is uncooperative with American goals. The United States has listed Venezuela as a threat to national security, and along with the already existing sanctions, the government is continuing to put pressure of the authoritarian regime in hopes that it will topple. The Trump administration cited that the government’s failure to “share public-safety and terrorism-related information adequately” is to blame for this new ban. The White House’s decision to target officials rather than all citizens is slightly surprising, however it’s reassuring to see that he does not blame the people for the hostile regime. This move, made in an attempt to further isolate the nation’s leaders, seems to be a better option then shutting the citizens out completely when so many are suffering and looking for a way to escape the crisis. It is unclear how substantial this ban will be on the government; the Venezuelan officials who are on the list are predictably angry, and the foreign minister has accused the United States of directly threatening their country. Some also question how the ban will affect relations with other Latin American nations in the region. President Maduro has both expressed a willingness to negotiate with the US as well as a willingness to defend his country if necessary against the “major human rights violater.”

Kelsey