President Donald Trump and his lawyers are in the midst of attempting to prove that America’s election was rife with voter and ballot fraud in the 2020 election, but that hasn’t stopped the Trump administration’s mission of protecting democracy abroad.
According to the Daily Caller, the Trump administration announced a round of heavy sanctions against a Chinese tech company that the administration believes assisted in Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s attempt to undermine democracy in his country.
Trump and his Treasury Department targeted a company by the name of China National Electronics Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC), accusing it of providing a critical role in Maduro’s efforts, including training to use software and providing other tech support to assist Maduro in spying on his opponents and suppressing citizens’ internet access.
It’s the same level of technology that China uses to ensure that its own citizens are not able to access certain parts of the internet, blocking anything Maduro and his leaders would deem “undesireable.”
“The illegitimate Maduro regime’s reliance on entities like CEIEC to advance its authoritarian agenda further illustrates the regime’s prioritization of power over democratic values and processes,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
He added that the U.S. “will not hesitate” to bring down the same type of punishments on any others who actively attempt to destroy democracy.
In a press release from the U.S. Department of State, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weighed in on the new sanctions, echoing Mnuchin’s commitment to put an immediate stop to Maduro’s authoritarian ways.
“With this latest action, the United States reaffirms its commitment to promoting accountability for all those complicit in the illegitimate Maduro regime’s efforts to undermine democracy,” Pompeo wrote.
Thankfully, we’re still under an administration that’s willing to make these calls in an effort to protect freedom and democracy around the world. It’s hard to say if an administration under former Vice President Joe Biden would do the same.