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Trump Wants to Invade Venezuela!?

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During a meeting about diplomatic sanctions the United States were enacting on the autocratic government of Venezuela, Donald Trump asked several close foreign policy advisors whether invading Venezuela should or should not happen. This comes from a senior administration official.

Luckily for Venezuela, the United States of America and everyone else, his aides and then-national security adviser HR McMaster advised him against such move. The US allies in the region were opposing such drastic measure, and it could have backfired against America had those measures been taken. Currently, America is answering to what is going on in the world with diplomacy and sanctions and taking military action would be a drastic leap from that.

The official who informed us of such notion didn’t seem worried as he mentioned that there was “no imminent plan for a military strike” and that Trump was just thinking “out loud.” In the official’s own words: “The President says and thinks a lot of different things. He just thinks out loud.”

Source:sputniknews.com

The first one to report this news was Associated Press, and Trump even said it publicly that he is keeping a military option against Venezuela on the table, as he was standing next to the former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. POTUS spent the following month trying to persuade Latin American leaders that the military should be an option to consider, but all of them opposed him, saying that they didn’t want to see the United States going against Venezuela.

As for the US foreign policy towards Latin America, Venezuela has been a key focus for the Trump administration. The president and his aides have taken multiple steps to increase the pressure on the government of Venezuela and country’s president Nicolas Maduro. So far, various sanctions have been imposed, and the US advocated for the government in Venezuela to allow free and fair elections.

Trump sent Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States to talk to the Venezuelan opposition leaders and see what they can do to improve the situation in the country. Pence also criticized the Venezuelan government during several trips to that country he had in the recent past.

Source:pri.org

Should Trump’s comment about military action worry us? This has not been the first time we heard POTUS ranting about taking military action against another country. Before his summit with Kim was scheduled, Trump had been weighing on the option to attack North Korea, and in January at the beginning of the year, the world was on the brink of war. Trump was eager to activate the US military stationed in South Korea, but his aides prevented him from taking such actions because North Korea could have interpreted them as wartime preparations.

And now the situation is repeating. POTUS has wanted to strike Venezuela, but his aides come to the rescue once again. We are wondering what country is the next on Trump’s wish list. All of this makes us question the way he sees foreign policy and international relations. Does he just stand in front of the map and points at the country he wants to invade? Instead of brokering peace with the other nations, the United States is doing the opposite. At least its president.

However, not everything Trump does on the world scene is for criticism. During his summit with Kim Jong-un, he managed to ease the tension and become the first US president who met with a North Korean dictator in decades. They were talking about denuclearization, but there are still a lot of disagreements about what each country wants and how they see the process unfolding.

Donald Trump Imposes New Set Of Sanctions On Venezuela

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Donald Trump’s reign as the United States president will be remembered for his habit of imposing sanctions on foreign countries. On Monday POTUS placed new sanctions on Venezuela. This move comes only one day after Nicolas Maduro won Venezuelan elections. The new president was trying to sell governments debt in order to increase his personal wealth, and his election is being called a ‘sham’ by the US government.

President Trump signed a new order which prevents American companies from buying debt from Venezuela. The sanctions are so harsh that US companies are not allowed to buy off debt from Petróleos de Venezuela which is an oil company owned by the Venezuelan government.

The new set of measures imposed by Trump have a goal of preventing further enrichment of Maduro and his top brass executives who, according to Trump administration, were using public funds for their gain for years and have plans to continue with similar actions.

Source: nytimes.com

In recent months Venezuela underwent economic collapse which led to a massive exodus of its citizens, humanitarian crisis, food shortages, prices inflation, a broken-down health system and a rash of crime.

According to the United States vice president Mike Pence, the elections in which Maduro won his second term were fixed, and that his government is nothing else but a dictatorship. These claims come after Maduro refused to allow an intake of humanitarian aid into the country.

In an official statement, Mr. Pence said: “The illegitimate result of this fake process is a further blow to the proud democratic tradition of Venezuela. The United States will not sit idly by as Venezuela crumbles, and the misery of their brave people continues.”

Source: www.politico.com

One of the government officials in Venezuela, who wanted to stay anonymous claims that election process was nothing but a scam. He claims that Maduro fixed the elections by manipulating National Electoral Council and the members of the media; by threatening leaders of opposition; and by selectively giving out food and money to his hungry compatriots in order for them to vote for him. The same official said that Maduro had tents set up near the voting locations where people could get food and money if they provide him with proof that they voted for him.

This set of sanctions is the third one imposed by Donald Trump and all in attempt to stop Maduro and his government from using the public funds for their benefit in the already money-strapped country. For long periods of time Maduro and his subordinates have been selling government entities for petty pennies and under the market value. They would keep the money for themselves while the country remains in shambles with shortages of money, food, and other things essential for normal life.

While sanctions are harsh, they don’t hit oil sector directly because this move would make Venezuelan people even poorer and would affect US companies dealing in this sector. The oil trade remains on the table for both Venezuela and US companies.

Source: www.nytimes.com