T&T recognizes the Venezuelan Government, with the Foreign Affairs Minister attending today’s swearing in of President Nicolas Maduro.
Mr Maduro won the May 2018 election, which was marred by an opposition boycott and claims of vote-rigging.
Subsequent to that, the US and 13 other countries in the Americas are refusing to recognise his presidency.
Today’s Communications Minister Stuart Young said T&T continues to have a good relationship with Venezuela.
The US Embassy in T&T however has condemned today’s inauguration as an “illegitimate usurpation of power”.
In a release it says the US will continue to use the full weight of its economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy.
On January 8th the US imposed sanctions on seven individuals and 23 entities involved in a corruption scheme to exploit Venezuela’s currency exchange practices.
It also vowed to continue imposing visa revocations and other restrictions for Venezuelan government officials and their relatives, believed to be responsible for or complicit in human rights abuses, corruption, and the undermining of democratic governance.