The Trump administration issued a parting shot to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday, announcing a sweeping round of stiff financial sanctions that target a network accused of moving oil on behalf of the president’s alleged frontman. The U.S. Treasury Department hit three individuals, 14 business entities and six ships with financial measures. They’re accused of assisting the Venezuelan oil firm PDVSA, under Maduro’s control, to outmaneuver earlier U.S. sanctions designed to stop the president from profiting from crude sales. Trump, who leaves the White House on Wednesday, has led an international coalition over the last two years by exerting increasing pressure on Maduro to end what U.S. officials call his illegitimate hold on power. The White House recognizes Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the nation’s legitimate leader, blaming Maduro for Venezuela’s economic and political ruin. “The United States remains committed to targeting those […]