Venezuela's powerful vice president on Tuesday called his blacklisting by the United States on drug charges an ''imperialist aggression'' in the first flare-up between the two countries under new U.S. President Donald Trump. Nathan Frandino reports.
Venezuela snapping back at the U.S. over new sanctions against the socialist country's vice president on drug charges. The U.S. labeling Vice President Tareck El Aissami a drug "kingpin", accusing him of facilitating shipments by air and sea. Aissami took to Twitter on Tuesday to deny the charges and blast the U.S., saying - quote - "we will see this vile aggression dispelled." He later joined President Nicolas Maduro, who demanded that the U.S. issue a retraction for the accusations. The sanctions freezing El Aissami's assets in the U.S. and preventing him from conducting any financial transactions through the United States.