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Venezuela VP blasts drug sanctions in full-page NY Times ad

Venezuela's Vice President is using a full-page advertisement in the New York Times to lash out at Trump administration's decision to sanction him for drug trafficking.

Tareck El Aissami calls the accusations against him baseless and a violation of his human rights in the letter addressed to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

He also says that as interior minister, he extradited 21 captured drug lords to the U.S.

The Treasury Department last week froze El Aissami's American bank accounts and stripped him of his visa for allegedly helping facilitate large cocaine shipments from Venezuela.

El Aissami asserts he is innocent in the letter and calls on the United States to re-examine the drug war. He also accuses the Drug Enforcement Administration of criminal ties and lacking a commitment to fight traffickers.