The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 14, 2017
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/14/2017, #12
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
1:15 P.M. EST
MR. SPICER: Good afternoon. Happy Valentine’s Day. I can sense the love in the room. (Laughter.)
First off, last night, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control — OFAC — labeled the Venezuelan Vice President as a specially designated narcotics trafficker under the Kingpin Act.
Before I continue with the briefing and look forward to your questions, I want to turn it over for a short time to newly minted Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, to issue a brief statement on this and deliver a few questions.
SECRETARY MNUCHIN: Pleasure to be here on my first busy day in office. Yesterday, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control, known as OFAC, designated Venezuelan national Tareck El Aissami as a specially designated narcotics trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act for playing a significant role in international narcotics trafficking. El Aissami’s primary frontman, Venezuelan national Samark Lopez Bellow was also designated. Continue reading “Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/14/2017”