Trump Threatens ‘Full and Complete Embargo’ on Cuba Over Venezuela

Bolton accuses Cuban troops of keeping Venezuela's Maduro in power

Furious over the failed coup d’etat in Venezuela, President Trump is threatening to take it out on Cuba. In comments later in the day, Trump threatened to impose a ‘full and complete embargo” against Cuba over Venezuela.

Administration officials were loudly backing the coup throughout the day, and John Bolton is claiming Cuban troops were a major part of keeping President Maduro in power in Venezuela.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel rejected Trump’s threat, saying that Cuba has no troops in Venezuela, nor is it engaged in any military operations there. They added “enough lies, already.”

The administration has been keen to move against Cuba for awhile anyhow, and has tried to tie the Venezuela issue to the fate of Cuba as well. In all likelihood, Trump would  be threatening Cuba whether Venezuela had been a success or not, and this is just a new justification to go after them.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.