September 25, 2018 / 4:10 PM / a month ago

After sanctions, Trump says situation in Venezuela unacceptable

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro a brutal regime and said the situation in the South American country was unacceptable.

U.S. President Donald Trump departs after addressing the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 25, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Trump said Venezuela is one of the “truly bad places” in the world, hours after the United States imposed new sanctions on Maduro’s wife and key members of his government, accusing them of plundering the country’s wealth and helping Maduro maintain his grip on power.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Mary Milliken and James Dalgleish

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