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Obama levies sanctions on 7 Venezuelan officials

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2015 file photo, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama slapped sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials Monday, accusing them of perpetrating human rights violations and public corruption in the socialist-governed South American nation. “Corrupt actions by Venezuelan government officials deprive Venezuela of needed economic resources that could be invested in the Venezuelan people and used to spur economic growth,” Lew said in a statement. “These actions also undermine the public trust in democratic institutions and the human rights to which Venezuelan citizens are entitled.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama slapped sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials Monday, accusing them of perpetrating human rights violations and public corruption in the socialist-governed South American nation.

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