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Venezuela’s top diplomat is calling U.S. President Donald Trump’s new travel ban on certain Venezuelan government officials an attempt to manipulate public opinion against the country.

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza spoke Monday at a news conference at the United Nations. He said Trump’s order is “an unfounded strategy to soften the public opinion and to try to make a case against Venezuela.”

On Sunday, Trump signed an order that will bar certain Venezuelan government officials and their immediate families from entering the U.S.

Arreaza said his country is “looking for channels” to the Trump administration and is open to having a dialogue. But he says: “If we are attacked, we will respond in the same field.”

Earlier Monday, he told the U.N. General Assembly that Trump acted like “the world’s emperor.” Trump had said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was running a “corrupt regime.”


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Venezuela’s top diplomat says U.S. President Donald Trump acted “as if he were the world’s emperor” at the United Nations last week.

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza spoke Monday at the U.N. General Assembly’s annual meeting of world leaders.

Last week, Trump told the assembly Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was running a “corrupt regime.” Maduro responded from Caracas by calling Trump “the new Hitler” of international politics.

On Sunday, Trump signed an order that will bar certain Venezuelan government officials and their immediate families from entering the U.S.

Venezuela’s Supreme Court gutted the opposition-controlled congress in March. The ruling was later reversed. Recently, a new constitutional assembly composed entirely of government loyalists has gone after Maduro’s political opponents.

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have fled the country’s political and economic turmoil.