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  • U.S. President Barack Obama renewed his executive order declaring Venezuela an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to the United States.
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    U.S. President Barack Obama renewed his executive order declaring Venezuela an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to the United States.

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Obama has renewed the economic decree calling Venezuela "a threat."

U.S. President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order March 9, 2015 declaring a “national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela.”

Obama renewed that decree March 3, 2016, claiming that alleged conditions that first prompted the order had “not improved.”

When Obama first issued his Executive Order it provoked a storm of controversy inside Venezuela and a backlash throughout Latin America. 

Leaders from throughout the region condemned the decree, including a statement from the United Nations of South America (UNASUR) rejecting Obama's order as an act of interference.

All 33 members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) expressed their opposition to the U.S. government’s move and called for it to be reversed.

Inside Venezuela, millions signed a petition asserting that the country was not a threat and called for the decree to be repealed.

The backlash was so great that Obama was eventually forced to concede that Venezuela “does not pose a threat” to the United States.

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