Trump threat­ens to de­port of­fi­cials’ fam­i­lies.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Front Page - Mi­ami Her­ald

WASH­ING­TON — Sev­eral of the top Venezuelan gen­er­als who the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion says can al­low aid into Venezuela have fam­ily liv­ing in the United States that could be ex­pelled from the coun­try, McClatchy and the Mi­ami Her­ald has learned.

They are among a group of six gen­er­als who U.S. of­fi­cials have in­di­cated could re­ceive amnesty from U.S. sanc­tions if they dis­obeyed Venezuelan Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro and al­lowed aid to be dis­trib­uted by non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions in­side the coun­try. But Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has warned they could “lose ev­ery­thing” if they don’t.

Last week, Florida Sen. Marco Ru­bio named the six Venezuelan gen­er­als who U.S. of­fi­cials say are key to al­low­ing aid into the coun­try. They in­clude Gen. Vladimir Padrino, Maduro’s de­fense min­is­ter; Adm. Remi­gio Ce­bal­los, ad­mi­ral in chief of the armed forces; Maj. Gen. Jesús Rafael Suárez Chou­rio; Adm. Giuseppe Alessan­drello Ci­madev­illa, head of the navy; Maj. Gen. Edgar Va­len­tín Cruz Arteaga; and Maj. Gen. An­to­nio Be­na­vides Tor­res.

McCla­trchy and the Mi­ami Her­ald learned that sev­eral of them have fam­ily in the United States. It’s un­clear whether those fam­i­lies are liv­ing in Mi­ami.

A se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial told re­porters Fri­day that the ad­min­is­tra­tion has col­lected data on mil­i­tary lead­ers who have fam­ily in Mi­ami, the Car­ib­bean and across the hemi­sphere.

“They will have to go back and live in the mis­ery that they’re im­pos­ing,” the of­fi­cial said.

In a mo­ment of truth for the coun­try, Venezuela’s in­terim pres­i­dent, Juan Guaidó, is lead­ing an op­po­si­tion ef­fort Satur­day to try and com­pel the mil­i­tary to al­low hu­man­i­tar­ian aid stock­piled on the bor­der into the coun­try.

U.S. na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser John Bolton, who can­celed his trip to South Korea to fo­cus on Venezuela, is seek­ing to keep at­ten­tion on the cri­sis via so­cial me­dia.

“Now is the time for Venezuelan mil­i­tary to al­low aid through the bor­der,” Bolton said. “As In­terim Pres­i­dent Guaidó said to­day, ‘Those who ac­com­pany us to save the lives of Venezue­lans are true patriots.’”

Venezuelan po­lice and mil­i­tary im­me­di­ately clashed with de­mon­stra­tors on the bor­der with Colom­bia. With ten­sions es­ca­lat­ing, se­cu­rity forces in riot gear fired tear gas at op­po­si­tion ac­tivists who were throw­ing rocks in re­turn.

But Guaidó, who briefly boarded one of a dozen trucks car­ry­ing the aid, has yet to pen­e­trate the wall of Venezuelan se­cu­rity forces.

In a speech to the Venezuelan com­mu­nity in Mi­ami on Mon­day Trump warned mem­bers of the mil­i­tary that they risked their lives and liveli­hood if they didn’t al­low hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to en­ter into the coun­try.

“If you choose this path you will find no safe har­bor, no easy exit and no way out. You will lose ev­ery­thing,” Trump said to cheers from the crowd. “They are risk­ing their lives and risk­ing their fu­ture for a man con­trolled by the Cuban mil­i­tary.”

Trump took sim­i­lar ac­tion against the fam­ily mem­bers of se­nior lead­er­ship in Venezuela.

“Now is the time for Venezuelan mil­i­tary to al­low aid through the bor­der.”

U.S. na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser John Bolton

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