Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro mocked the renewal of sanctions on his country by the European Union on Thursday, claiming the organization had “gotten stuck on Donald Trump’s tail” and vowing, “not even a thousand Trumps emerging in Europe can handle us.”
Maduro was speaking at the launch of a socialist international book fair occurring despite Chinese coronavirus quarantine measures, because Maduro has imposed a system he has dubbed “7+7” in which strict lockdowns take place every other week, followed by a week of relative freedom. The system is unique around the world and not recommended by any major international medical or scientific body.
The EU does not recognize Maduro as president of Venezuela, as his official term in office ended in January 2019. At the time, Maduro refused to step aside, claiming legitimacy from an election widely considered fraudulent that received the lowest turnout in the modern history of the