The US may name Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism. Here’s why that could backfire.

“A state-sponsorship designation is a sledgehammer, not a scalpel,” said an expert.

The Trump administration is in discussions to label Venezuela a state sponsor of terrorism, according to two US officials.

It’s a move that would allow the US to place more sanctions on President Nicolás Maduro’s government and restrict aid to Venezuela. It would also severely escalate tensions between the two countries.

A State Department spokesperson wouldn’t confirm internal discussions, but...

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