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Report: U.S. Prepares to Add Venezuela to Terror List

The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to add Venezuela to a list of state sponsors of international terrorism that would place it alongside Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Republican lawmakers, led by Sen. Marco Rubio, have pushed for the designation due to the country's alleged ties to Lebanese Hezbollah and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, according to The Washington Post. Adding Venezuela to the list would restrict U.S. economic assistance and impose financial ties on a country already tackling hyperinflation, mass migration, and food shortages. It would be a dramatic action to take against the socialist government of Nicolás Maduro—the four countries on the list have been found to “have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.” However, Reuters reports no final decision or timeline to add Venezuela to the list has been made.