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The Venezuelan government condemned "unilateral, coercive, arbitrary and illegal measures that affect Venezuela's Bandes bank and four important financial institutions", the ministry added.

"Today, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is designating Banco de Desarrollo Economico y Social de Venezuela (BANDES), and any entity in which BANDES owns, directly or indirectly, a 50 percent or greater interest, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13850 as amended by E.O".

The treasury said regime insiders have transformed those institutions into vehicles to move funds overseas in an effort to prop up Maduro.

The IMF and World Bank have not decided on whether to officially recognize Guaido as head of state.

The White House said in a statement it was committed to preventing Maduro's government from stealing Venezuela's resources and from arresting those pushing for political change.

"He should be released immediately and his safety guaranteed", added National Security Advisor John Bolton.

However, Bachelet also criticized sanctions imposed by the United States targeting the Maduro regime's access to financial resources, arguing that they are also hurting the Venezuelan people. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.

Juan Guaido aide detained in overnight raid, Venezuela opposition members say

Trump hosted Holness as well as the leaders of Bahamas, Haiti, Dominican Republic and St Lucia at Mar-A Lago in Florida on Friday.

In an interview on Friday, Guaido said Maduro had lost the ability to "finance political blackmail" to retain power thanks to pressure brought by foreign governments who have recognized him as the South American country's rightful leader in the midst of a hyperinflationary economic collapse.

"We look forward to spending a lot of time together this afternoon and discussing ways that we can be beneficial to you and you can be beneficial to us", Mr. Trump said. The government will replace electrical appliances damaged by the outages, widely seen as resulting from mismanagement and an exodus of qualified personnel but which he blamed on a US conspiracy to oust him.

"Nicolas Maduro continues to stand in the way of Venezuela's freedom and democracy", he wrote. "We're satisfied that there will be instrumental action".

The Trump administration considers Maduro's government a dictatorship and says he was re-elected in an illegitimate election. Maduro alleges the blackouts were caused by US -directed sabotage, though USA officials and the Venezuelan opposition say state mismanagement and corruption caused the infrastructure collapse. The country is in an economic meltdown and millions of Venezuelans have fled.

Nations in the Caribbean, however, have been split on whether to interfere in Venezuela.

Venezuela owes more than $20 billion. "We have just exposed a plan to kill me, which was personally led by the devil's puppet [Guaido]", Maduro said, noting that the prosecutors had made serious progress in investigating this case and would soon start arresting "new terrorists".

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