Fernando Llano, Associated Press
FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 photo, Venezuela's Vice President Tareck El Aissami, right, is saluted by Boilivarian Army officer upon his arrival for a military parade at Fort Tiuna in Caracas, Venezuela. The administration of President Donald Trump is slapping sanctions on El Aissami and accusing him of playing a major role in international drug trafficking. That’s according to individuals briefed on the U.S. government’s plans who requested anonymity to disclose the move ahead of a formal announcement.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's vice president is shrugging off U.S. sanctions identifying him as a major international drug trafficker.

In a series of messages posted on social media Tuesday, Tareck El Aissami said the "miserable and defamatory aggression" by the U.S. won't distract him from his job of deepening the revolution started by the late Hugo Chavez.

The Trump administration on Monday froze the U.S. assets of El Aissami and a businessman it said was acting as his front man for their role facilitating multiple cocaine shipments from Venezuela.

El Aissami is the highest-ranking Venezuelan official to ever be sanctioned by the U.S. His designation as a drug kingpin is bound to ratchet up tensions between the two countries.