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Aug 19, 2019 | 17:20 GMT

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Venezuela: Trump Mulls Possible Naval Blockade, Reports Say

What Happened: U.S. President Trump is reportedly exploring the idea of a naval blockade against Venezuela to prevent goods from entering and leaving the country, according to U.S. officials, Axios reported Aug. 18.

Why It Matters: Although a U.S. blockade against Venezuela may face significant operational challenges, the report indicates Trump's willingness to increase pressure on the Venezuelan government beyond sanctions that are already in place.

Background: The U.S. campaign to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from office has thus far failed despite gradually increasing sanctions against the government and state-run oil company Petroleos de Venezuela.

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