CRIME/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump dug deep in an exclusive interview with Americano Media… ‘Look at what’s happened to San Francisco generally,’ Trump said, speaking to the uptick in violent crime in American cities. ‘Look at what’s happening in Chicago. It was far worse than Afghanistan, okay? We have Chicago. When I had Afghanistan…18 months we […]

Read More… from 10/31/2022


2020 ELECTION/CUBA/SOCIALISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “This election is a choice between the AMERICAN DREAM and a SOCIALIST NIGHTMARE. Our opponents want to turn America into Communist Cuba or Socialist Venezuela. As long as I am President, America will NEVER be a socialist Country!“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 29, 2020 9:58 am […]

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2020 ELECTION/VENEZUELA: “By the way, this is the most important election in the history of our country, remember that because you have a radical left movement that wants to make us a large scale, very large scale version of Venezuela or so many other countries with the same philosophy. And it can happen. You know, […]

Read More… from 10/26/2020


FAA/JOE BIDEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “Not only does President Trump refuse to grant Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans, but he also apparently used stealth deportations to send them back to the oppressive Maduro regime. It’s abundantly clear he has no regard for the suffering of the Venezuelan people. RT @UnivisionNews U.S. Senator Bob Menendez [D-NJ], says […]

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DEMS/JOE BIDEN/SOCIALISM/VENEZUELA: “Our Country cannot survive as a Socialist Nation, and that’s what the Democrats want it to be. The USA will never become a large scale version of Venezuela. All control is already being taken away from Sleepy Joe. He has Zero to say!!!“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 12, 2020 4:02 am […]

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VENEZUELA: “We should be leading the international effort to confront the massive humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Maduro, who I’ve met, is a dictator, plain and simple, and he’s causing incredible suffering among the Venezuelan people to maintain his grip on power. The Venezuelan people need our support to recover or their democracy and rebuild their […]

Read More… from 10/5/2020


VENEZUELA: “I used to say, and I meant it, but I didn’t know it had such meaning, that we could be a Venezuela too. Venezuela 15 years ago, was a very wealthy country and a very, very wealthy country, prosperous, talked about all over the world, one of the wealthiest and just looked like it […]

Read More… from 9/25/2020


HUMAN RIGHTS/JOE BIDEN/KAMALA HARRIS/VENEZUELA: “As [Venezuelan politician] Juan Guaidó speaks about the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis and the crimes against humanity perpetrated by [President Nicolás] Maduro, I reaffirm my commitment to stand with the Venezuelan people. A Biden-Harris administration will always champion democracy and human rights around the world.“ ––Joe Biden, Twitter.com, September 23, 2020 4:20 […]

Read More… from 9/23/2020


2016 ELECTION/2020 ELECTION/VENEZUELA: “As you know, better than anyone, the survival of our nation is at stake in this election… Four years ago, I never thought I’d say anything could compete with 2016. This [2020] election that we’re going into is the most important election in the history of our country, because we had crooked Hillary, […]

Read More… from 8/18/2020


2020 ELECTION/JOE BIDEN/VENEZUELA: “For no scientific reason. Biden wants to inflict dramatic harm on millions of Americans with his basement strategy, locking everyone in their homes… This is the most dangerous election we’ve ever had. The most dangerous, because I don’t think we can ever bring it back if they get in. I don’t think […]

Read More… from 8/17/2020


CLIMATE CHANGE/DEMS/VENEZUELA: “The policies required to implement this [Green New Deal] extreme agenda would mean the death of American prosperity and the end of the American middle class. It would mean, I think, even worse than that. It would destroy our country. I used to say, ‘Would become another Venezuela.’ Same ideology. You would become […]

Read More… from 7/29/2020


DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/SENATE/VENEZUELA: “The Democrats in the House are trying to undo my big win Travel Ban Bill, which successfully keeps very bad and dangerous people out of our great Country. Passed along party lines. Hopefully, will be DEAD in the Senate! The Dems have gone Stone Cold Left – Venezuela on steroids!“ ––Donald Trump, […]

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SOCIALISM/VENEZUELA: “Unlike the radical left, I will ALWAYS stand against socialism and with the people of Venezuela. My Admin has always stood on the side of FREEDOM and LIBERTY and against the oppressive Maduro regime! I would only meet with Maduro to discuss one thing: a peaceful exit from power!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 22, […]

Read More… from 6/22/2020


NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [9-12-19] again claimed former national security adviser John Bolton, well-known for his hawkish impulses and inclination toward military intervention, was in fact ‘holding me back’ on certain matters of foreign policy…The president’s post was in response to a message from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who […]

Read More… from 9/12/2019


IVANKA/TRUMP FAMILY/VENEZUELA: “RT @VP: Thank you @IvankaTrump for continuing to show America’s support for the people of Venezuela! We will not stop fighting until they h…” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 8, 2019 3:00 pm […]

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TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “RT @JessicaDitto45: ‘We stand with the people of Venezuela in their struggle to restore democracy, freedom and rule of law. It was deeply m…” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 8, 2019 2:58 pm […]

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SANCTIONS/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “An international summit meeting on Tuesday [8-6-19] that was meant to break the political stalemate in Venezuela became a one-sided showcase for the United States’ toughest sanctions yet on President Nicolás Maduro’s authoritarian regime. During the conference of more than 50 countries in Lima, Peru, the Trump administration rejected compromises proposed by […]

Read More… from 8/6/2019


TRUMP BUSINESS/VENEZUELA: “Years before President Donald Trump embarked on a campaign to oust Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro, the real estate mogul’s business was selling condominiums to the strongman’s supporters. At least half a dozen Venezuelans linked to either Maduro or his predecessor, dictator Hugo Chávez, purchased Trump condos in New York City and South Florida […]

Read More… from 8/5/2019


ATTORNEY GENERAL/DHS/HUMAN RIGHTS/IMMIGRATION/SECRETARY OF STATE/TREASURY/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS/VENEZUELA: “I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, in order to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13692 of March 8, 2015 (Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela), as amended, […]

Read More… from 8/5/2019


ELECTION/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “The Trump administration turned up the pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday [6-28-19] by targeting his son Nicolas ‘Nicolasito’ Maduro with sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Department said. The new sanctions are the latest push in six months of efforts to oust Maduro, whose 2018 re-election has been deemed illegitimate by […]

Read More… from 6/28/2019


IRAN/MILITARY/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump has long talked a big game when it comes to standing up to U.S. adversaries. He’s threatened ‘fire and fury’ against North Korea, hinted at military action in Venezuela and warned that he could bring about the ‘official end of Iran.’ But, when faced with evidence of nefarious […]

Read More… from 6/21/2019


RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday [6-12-19] renewed his assertion that Russia had pulled personnel out of Venezuela, pushing back on Moscow’s denials that it had any plans to do so. Trump last week tweeted that Russia ‘has informed us that they have removed most of their people from Venezuela,’ where it’s backed […]

Read More… from 6/12/2019


CUBA/ECONOMY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “The battle for Cuba’s economic future is being waged on its beaches. And at its all-inclusive resorts, dive sites and cobblestoned colonial plazas. As most of Cuba’s economy stagnates or declines, the country has launched a full-scale effort to turn virtually the only bright spot — tourism — into an engine that […]

Read More… from 5/17/2019


IRAN/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/VENEZUELA: “U.S. President Donald Trump, facing the possibility of military confrontations with both Iran and Venezuela, said on Thursday [5-9-19] that he sometimes serves as a counterbalance to his hard-charging national security adviser, John Bolton. Bolton has been a key player in current U.S. standoffs with Iran and Venezuela, both instances […]

Read More… from 5/9/2019


CHINA/FOREIGN POLICY/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “Shortly before he was sworn in as president, Donald J. Trump vowed that the United States would stop ‘racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn’t be involved with.’ He promised to end ‘this destructive cycle of intervention and chaos.’ Two and a half years into […]

Read More… from 5/8/2019


MIKE POMPEO/MILITARY/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday [5-2-19] that the Trump administration ‘will simply not rule out’ military action in Venezuela. And on Friday [5-3-19], Trump administration officials met for the second day in a row at the Pentagon to discuss options for toppling the country’s embattled autocratic leader. […]

Read More… from 5/3/2019


TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “I am continuing to monitor the situation in Venezuela very closely. The United States stands with the People of Venezuela and their Freedom! https://t.co/rtGfjQjc1u” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 1, 2019 9:53 pm […]

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RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “The Trump administration is tumbling into a proxy battle with Russia over Venezuela, the latest international standoff that threatens a return to the tense Cold War years. The two sides traded barbed accusations this week after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó called on the public and the military to rise up and […]

Read More… from 5/1/2019


CUBA/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “If Cuban Troops and Militia do not immediately CEASE military and other operations for the purpose of causing death and destruction to the Constitution of Venezuela, a full and complete….”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 30, 2019 4:09 pm […]

Read More… from 4/30/2019


TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump and his top aides on Tuesday [4-30-19] swiftly endorsed an attempted government takeover in Venezuela, where opposition leaders backed by a band of rebellious soldiers are trying to oust strongman Nicolás Maduro. The day’s events were extraordinary by many measures; the U.S. even asserted that Maduro had a plane […]

Read More… from 4/30/2019


CENTRAL AMERICA/FOREIGN AID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “The Trump administration is preparing an economic relief package for Venezuela that would put United States dollars directly into the hands of Venezuelans in the event that the government of President Nicolás Maduro falls. Larry Kudlow, the director of the White House’s National Economic Council, disclosed the outlines of the […]

Read More… from 4/3/2019


RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “During his presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump often complained about how President Barack Obama drew red lines that he never enforced, and how a diminished America let Russia walk into Syria unchallenged, something he said would not happen if the Russian leader respected the United States president. Now, in Venezuela, President Trump […]

Read More… from 4/1/2019


RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday [3-29-19] he will probably talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping about the crisis in Venezuela. ‘We will probably be talking at some point,’ Trump told reporters after the White House warned Russia and other countries backing President Nicolas Maduro against […]

Read More… from 3/29/2019


MILITARY/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday [3-27-19] that Russian soldiers needed to leave Venezuela, days after a Russian military contingent arrived just outside of Caracas, saying ‘all options’ were open to make that happen. ‘Russia has to get out,’ Trump told reporters during a meeting with the wife of Venezuelan opposition […]

Read More… from 3/27/2019


BRAZIL/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “In the past month alone, Brazil has called for a regime change in Venezuela. Iraq is inching forward in discussions with the Kurds. Mexico has threatened to not ratify the new NAFTA. Turkey threatened to nullify local election results. Thailand has passed a troubling cybersecurity law that alarms human rights activists. Guess what? At a time of growing global tensions, […]

Read More… from 3/20/2019


TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “After pulling all remaining American diplomats from Venezuela on Thursday [3-14-19], the Trump administration warned the country’s leader, Nicolás Maduro, that any pressure on Juan Guaidó, the self-declared interim president who has the White House’s support, would be met with an ‘immediate reaction’ from the international community. But it remained unclear what […]

Read More… from 3/14/2019


TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “Six weeks after Juan Guaido declared himself Venezuela’s President, US lawmakers are wrestling with the possibility that momentum behind his political movement could stall and the question of how to respond as the crisis ripples regionwide. One reason: The Venezuelan people, once residents of Latin America’s wealthiest country, may be too weakened […]

Read More… from 3/7/2019


LATINOS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump on Monday [2-18-19] stopped just short of threatening military action in Venezuela when he urged the country’s military to remove its disputed president, Nicolas Maduro, and to allow humanitarian aid to come in…Trump’s speech had a triple purpose: It reinforced his administration’s support for the Venezuelan leader recognized by […]

Read More… from 2/18/2019


TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “Today more than 50 countries around the world now recognize the rightful government of Venezuela. The Venezuelan people have spoken and the world has heard their voice. They are turning the page on Socialism and Dictatorship; and there will be NO GOING BACK! https://t.co/C3DL5RFfiE“ -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 18, 2019 8:17 pm […]

Read More… from 2/18/2019


TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “I ask every member of the Maduro regime: End this nightmare of poverty, hunger and death. LET YOUR PEOPLE GO. Set your country free! Now is the time for all Venezuelan Patriots to act together, as one united people. Nothing could be better for the future of Venezuela!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February […]

Read More… from 2/18/2019


MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “President Trump on Monday [2-18-19] delivered his sharpest warning yet to Venezuela’s military authorities in an increasingly tense showdown over that country’s crisis, proclaiming they would ‘lose everything’ by remaining loyal to President Nicolás Maduro and refusing to allow in emergency aid stockpiled on the border. Mr. Trump gave the warning in […]

Read More… from 2/18/2019


STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump on Tuesday [1-29-19] congratulated Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, the man the U.S. and other Western nations have recognized as that country’s legitimate leader, for ‘his historic assumption of the presidency’ amid ongoing civil unrest opposing the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro…The Trump administration last week recognized Guaidó […]

Read More… from 1/30/2019


FLORIDA/LATINOS/MIKE PENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “Vice President Mike Pence and top Florida Republicans plan to rally Friday [2-1-19] in Miami to support Venezuela’s new interim president and highlight the Trump administration’s aggressive approach to the ongoing political crisis. But it’s also an opportunity to open a door with Hispanic voters in a state that’s critical to […]

Read More… from 1/30/2019


TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “Spoke today with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido to congratulate him on his historic assumption of the presidency and reinforced strong United States support for Venezuela’s fight to regain its democracy….” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 30, 2019 4:58 pm  […]

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SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “Maduro willing to negotiate with opposition in Venezuela following U.S. sanctions and the cutting off of oil revenues. Guaido is being targeted by Venezuelan Supreme Court. Massive protest expected today. Americans should not travel to Venezuela until further notice.” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 30, 2019 6:02 am  […]

Read More… from 1/30/2019


STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “The Trump administration is warning U.S. citizens not to travel to Venezuela as Washington tries to pressure the regime of Nicolás Maduro to give up power. The State Department has raised its travel advisory for Venezuela to level four, its highest. That places Venezuela in the same category as countries such as […]

Read More… from 1/29/2019


TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “Last Wednesday [1-23-19], when hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans took the streets to back the opposition’s risky bid to return the country to democracy, the Trump administration was first in line to offer support. Just moments after opposition leader Juan Guaidó, the head of Venezuela’s Legislature, declared himself interim president, urging strongman […]

Read More… from 1/29/2019


DEMS/INTELLIGENCE/IRAN/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “A new American intelligence assessment of global threats concluded that North Korea is ‘unlikely to give up’ all of its nuclear stockpiles and that Iran is not ‘currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activity’ needed to make a bomb. Their conclusions challenged President Trump’s assertions on both countries. • As Senator […]

Read More… from 1/29/2019


SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump on Monday [1-28-19] ratcheted up pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro by slapping sanctions on the country’s state-owned petroleum company, his latest move against a regime he has deemed illegitimate. Shortly after the release of an executive order, the Treasury Department said PdVSA has ‘long been a vehicle for […]

Read More… from 1/28/2019


HUMAN RIGHTS/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS/VENEZUELA: “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I, […]

Read More… from 1/28/2019


MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “The Trump administration ordered all non-emergency U.S. diplomatic staff to leave Venezuela on Thursday [1-24-19] amid that country’s growing political turmoil. The decision marked an about-face for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who defiantly declared Wednesday [1-23-19] night that he would keep American embassy staff in the country after embattled Venezuelan […]

Read More… from 1/25/2019


RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday [1-24-19] warned against ‘destructive interference’ in Venezuela from outside forces and called President Nicolas Maduro to reaffirm Moscow’s support for the embattled leader – one day after the Trump administration declared Maduro’s presidency illegitimate. Putin’s phone call to Maduro was a rebuke to President Donald Trump’s […]

Read More… from 1/24/2019


FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “Venezuelan ruler Nicolás Maduro has clung to power for years through political manipulation, harsh security measures and economic corruption — classic strongman tactics all-too common among autocratic leaders Donald Trump has praised worldwide. Yet the U.S. president has relentlessly trashed Maduro from the moment he took office. Why? For an American […]

Read More… from 1/24/2019


FOREIGN POLICY/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “President Trump has finally met a strongman he does not like. After making friends with autocrats around the world, Mr. Trump has drawn a red line with Nicolás Maduro, demanding that the iron-fisted president of Venezuela hand power to his opposition. Mr. Trump’s forceful challenge to Mr. Maduro is the first […]

Read More… from 1/24/2019


MIKE POMPEO/TRUMP PEOPLE/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday [1-23-19] formally recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the legitimate ‘interim president’ of the strife-ridden country, while U.S. officials urged the regime led by Nicolas Maduro to peacefully give up power. A senior Trump administration official warned that ‘all options are on the table’ when it […]

Read More… from 1/23/2019


VENEZUELA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The citizens of Venezuela have suffered for too long at the hands of the illegitimate Maduro regime. Today, I have officially recognized the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela. https://t.co/WItWPiG9jK“ -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 23, 2019 1:47 pm   […]

Read More… from 1/23/2019


VENEZUELA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president sets the stage for dramatic escalation in the coming days, as forces within and outside Venezuela wrestle to determine its future. Embattled President Nicolas Maduro responded to Trump’s announcement by cutting ties with the US and […]

Read More… from 1/23/2019


CORRUPTION/ENVIRONMENT/IMMIGRATION/INFRASTRUCTURE/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS/VENEZUELA: “I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, in order to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13692 of March 8, 2015, and relied upon for additional steps taken in Executive Order 13808 of August 24, 2017, Executive Order 13827 of March […]

Read More… from 11/1/2018


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY/VENEZUELA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House is expected to give details about U.S. President Donald Trump’s Venezuela and Cuba policy on Thursday [11-1-18] when national security adviser John Bolton travels to Miami to give an address on Latin America. Days ahead of high-stakes elections in Florida, home to many migrants from the region, Bolton […]

Read More… from 10/31/2018


DEMS/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “Beto O’Rourke is a total lightweight compared to Ted Cruz, and he comes nowhere near representing the values and desires of the people of the Great State of Texas. He will never be allowed to turn Texas into Venezuela!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 19, 2018 12:34 pm […]

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DEMS/HEALTHCARE/MEDICARE/PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS/SOCIALISM/VENEZUELA: “We oppose efforts from Democrats to destroy your healthcare and to raid your Medicare to pay for socialism. And that’s what’s happening. You’ll end up with Venezuela. We totally support people with preexisting conditions. We have a tremendous level of talent, and we’re doing a lot of work on preexisting conditions. And Democrats […]

Read More… from 10/17/2018


CHILE/CHINA/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump met Friday [9-28-18] with President Sebastian Pinera of Chile at the White House for talks that focused on trade, security and the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Trump welcomed Pinera to the Oval Office days after he imposed financial sanctions on members of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s inner circle […]

Read More… from 9/28/2018


SOUTH AMERICA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday [9-25-18] called the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro a brutal regime and said the situation in the South American country was unacceptable. U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro a brutal regime and said the situation in […]

Read More… from 9/25/2018


FOREIGN POLICY/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump last August asked several top foreign policy advisers about the possibility of invading Venezuela during a meeting about diplomatic sanctions the US was enacting on the autocratic government, a senior administration official familiar with the comments said. Trump’s aides, including then-national security adviser HR McMaster, vigorously urged him […]

Read More… from 7/5/2018


MIKE PENCE/TRUMP PEOPLE/VENEZUELA: “The Trump administration renewed its call Monday [6-4-18] for the Organization of American States to suspend Venezuela and for other members to step up pressure on the country’s government to restore constitutional order. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Western Hemisphere bloc that President Nicolas Maduro’s government was in the process […]

Read More… from 6/4/2018


ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “The Trump administration on Monday [5-19-18] dismissed Venezuela’s presidential election as a ‘sham’ and ramped up economic and diplomatic pressure on President Nicolas Maduro’s beleaguered government. The White House announced that President Donald Trump had signed an executive order restricting the Venezuelan government’s ability to liquidate assets for pennies on the dollar […]

Read More… from 5/21/2018


SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday [5-21-18] put in place new economic sanctions aimed at Venezuela in an executive order banning U.S. citizens from being involved in sales of that country’s accounts receivables related to oil and other assets. ‘Today’s executive order closes another avenue for corruption that we have observed being […]

Read More… from 5/21/2018


CORRUPTION/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS/VENEZUELA: “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I, […]

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FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP EXEC ORDER/VENEZUELA: “Executive Order on Taking Additional Steps to Address the Situation in Venezuela …I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, in order to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13692 of March 8, 2015, and relied upon for additional steps taken […]

Read More… from 3/19/2018


SANCTIONS/SECRETARY OF STATE/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS/VENEZUELA: “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and section 301 of title 3, United States […]

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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/VENEZUELA: “Two U.S. senators called on the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday [1-24-18] to investigate allegations of drug trafficking by senior officials in the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, as the country struggles with economic crisis. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions seen by Reuters, Republican Senator Marco Rubio […]

Read More… from 1/24/2018


FOREIGN POLICY/UN/VENEZUELA: “Venezuela’s ambassador to the United Nations, Rafael Ramírez, said Tuesday [12-5-17] he resigned his post at the request of President Nicolás Maduro, who has been unseating political adversaries as his authoritarian government shores up control. Mr. Ramírez’s departure marks a dramatic fall for one of Venezuela’s most powerful politicians and comes in the […]

Read More… from 12/5/2017


FOREIGN POLICY/LEGAL/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “Four of the six Citgo Petroleum Corp. executives arrested here Tuesday [11-21-17] for alleged corruption are U.S. citizens, a company official said Wednesday. Venezuela’s military intelligence agency on Tuesday arrested six top executives of the U.S. subsidiary of state-oil company Petróleos de Venezuela SA, as part of what authorities are calling […]

Read More… from 11/22/2017


FOREIGN POLICY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “Venezuela was ruled in default on a missed interest payment by S&P Global Ratings, pushing the cash-strapped South American country and its creditors one step closer to a reckoning of its $150 billion debt load. The decision by S&P, one of the two main U.S. rating companies along with Moody’s […]

Read More… from 11/13/2017


TREASURY/VENEZUELA: “The U.S. Treasury Department will announce more sanctions on Thursday [11-9-17] against top Venezuelan officials, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a U.S. Senate aide. According to the aide, the sanctions against the top members of the Venezuelan government are linked to human rights abuses and corruption, the report said. The new sanctions target […]

Read More… from 11/9/2017


FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “U.S. President Donald Trump threatened new sanctions on Venezuela as his administration stepped up efforts to build an international alliance against President Nicolás Maduro. ‘We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose its authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people,’ Mr. Trump […]

Read More… from 9/19/2017


FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump said on Monday [9-18-17] he wanted democracy restored soon in Venezuela and warned that the United States might take additional measures to apply pressure on the oil-producing nation. At a dinner with Latin American leaders on the fringes of the U.N. General Assembly, Trump said the Venezuelan people […]

Read More… from 9/18/2017


ENERGY/RUSSIA/VENEZUELA: “The Trump administration is ready to block a Russian state-owned oil giant from gaining control of critical U.S. energy assets owned by Moscow’s ally in Venezuela, senior American officials say, a move that could feed tensions between the old Cold-War foes. Petróleos de Venezuela SA offered Russia’s PAO Rosneft nearly half of its Citgo […]

Read More… from 8/31/2017


ECONOMY/TREASURY/TRUMP MEMORANDA/VENEZUELA: “Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), I hereby report that I have signed an Executive Order with respect to Venezuela that takes additional steps […]

Read More… from 8/25/2017


DEBT/FOREIGN POLICY/TRADE DEALS/VENEZUELA: “The U.S. on Friday [8-25-17] restricted the ability of Venezuela to tap American debt markets for funding, escalating Washington’s economic crackdown against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s cash-strapped government. President Donald Trump’s executive order prohibits institutions in the U.S. from trading new bonds with Mr. Maduro’s government, including through the state-owned oil company, […]

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HUMAN RIGHTS/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS/VENEZUELA: “I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, in order to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13692 of March 8, 2015, and particularly in light of recent actions and policies of the Government of Venezuela, including serious abuses of human […]

Read More… from 8/24/2017


FOREIGN POLICY/NATIONAL SECURITY/VENEZUELA: “The U.S. government is considering restricting trades in Venezuelan debt as it seeks to punish President Nicolás Maduro for undermining the country’s democracy, according to people familiar with the matter. The unprecedented move would temporarily ban U.S.-regulated financial institutions from buying and selling dollar-denominated bonds issued by the Republic of Venezuela and […]

Read More… from 8/22/2017


IRAN/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “During his rise to power, President Trump proved he has a finely honed sense of what threats, intimidation and bluster can accomplish. In recent days, he has received reminders — including from South Korea, Iran and Venezuela — that geopolitics operates with a different set of rules than real estate or […]

Read More… from 8/15/2017


FOREIGN POLICY/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela had become a pariah among fellow Latin American leaders as his beleaguered country staggered toward dictatorship. But a threat by President Trump to use the American military against Mr. Maduro’s government has united those leaders in a different direction: demanding that the United States keep out […]

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MIKE PENCE/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “Vice President Mike Pence tamped down President Donald Trump’s threats of U.S. military intervention in Venezuela amid growing regional fears that such comments have strengthened that country’s president, Nicolás Maduro. Mr. Pence spoke Sunday [8-13-17] night in neighboring Colombia, two days after Mr. Trump jolted the region by saying he was […]

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FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “President Trump’s remarks on Friday [8-11-17] that he would not rule out a ‘military option’ to quell the chaos in Venezuela set off a late-night diplomatic duel, with the defense minister accusing Mr. Trump of ‘an act of madness’ and the White House saying it had turned away a call from […]

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FOREIGN POLICY/GOP/OIL/VENEZUELA: “Four U.S. Senate Republicans from oil refining states urged the Trump administration on Thursday [8-10-17] to not block oil shipments from Venezuela as part of U.S. sanctions against the country, saying it could raise costs for U.S. fuel consumers. The United States sanctioned President Nicolas Maduro and other Venezuelan officials after Maduro established […]

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FOREIGN POLICY/STATE/VENEZUELA: “The State Department on Thursday [7-27-17] ordered family members of American employees at the U.S. embassy in Caracas to leave Venezuela, days ahead of a contentious vote that Washington has warned could undermine the South American nation’s democracy. The State Department said Thursday evening that it also will facilitate voluntary departures of American […]

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FOREIGN POLICY/HUMAN RIGHTS/VENEZUELA: “The U.S. plans to put sanctions on 13 high-ranking Venezuelan officials for alleged corruption, human-rights violations and undermining the country’s democracy, a congressional aide briefed on the White House’s plans said on Wednesday. The sanctions, expected to be announced later on Wednesday [7-26-17], come days before embattled President Nicolás Maduro has scheduled […]

Read More… from 7/26/2017


FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “The Trump administration said it was prepared to impose ‘strong and swift’ economic sanctions on Venezuela, including banning its crude-oil exports to the U.S., if its president moves ahead with a plan to rewrite the country’s constitution. A senior U.S. administration official said Tuesday [7-18-17] that the White House was considering […]

Read More… from 7/18/2017