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Trump will appeal to “every appropriate tool” to end the Maduro regime

Wednesday, August 7th 2019 - 09:51 UTC
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 ”The Maduro dictatorship must end for Venezuela to have a stable, democratic, and prosperous future, free from the horrors of socialism “Stephanie Grisham said ”The Maduro dictatorship must end for Venezuela to have a stable, democratic, and prosperous future, free from the horrors of socialism “Stephanie Grisham said

The White House said on Tuesday it would use “every appropriate tool” to end the presidency of Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro after President Donald Trump ordered a freeze on the country's US-based assets.

“The Maduro dictatorship must end for Venezuela to have a stable, democratic, and prosperous future - free from the horrors of socialism that have ravaged this once great country,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

“As the Trump administration has made clear: all options are on the table. The United States will use every appropriate tool to end Maduro's hold on Venezuela, support the Venezuelan people's access to humanitarian assistance, and ensure a democratic transition in Venezuela.”

Trump signed an executive order on Monday that “blocks all property and interests in property” of the Venezuelan government within US jurisdiction, and authorizes sanctions “on persons who provide support” for the Maduro regime.

It will also “restrict the entry into the United States of sanctioned persons”.

The executive order “directly targets” those who undermine the country's opposition-controlled legislature, the National Assembly, “or Interim President Juan Guaido,” the statement read.

Crisis-wracked Venezuela has been mired in a political impasse since January when Guaido proclaimed himself acting president, quickly receiving the support of more than 50 countries.

The oil-rich, cash-poor country has been in a deep recession for five years. Shortages of food and medicine are frequent, and public services are progressively failing.

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  • imoyaro

    Great! Eh, Kamerad/Komrade Rique? Oh that's right, never mind, you support extrajudicial murder, torture, and selective starvation of the populace based on political support. Well, what goes around, comes around, eh, Kriminal... ?

    Aug 07th, 2019 - 10:43 am 0
  • Brasileiro

    Trump ends before.

    Aug 07th, 2019 - 02:57 pm 0
  • Enrique Massot

    Question: Since when the US decides which government stays and which one goes in Latin America?

    Answer: The US has been doing it for a long time -- we only need to remember the overthrow of democratically elected president Salvador Allende amid summary executions, kidnapping and torture of thousands of Chileans during Augusto Pinochet's bloody coup and subsequent dictatorship.

    The US also supported the terrorist tactics of the Contras against the Nicaraguan government in the 1980s. With the blessing of former president Ronald Reagan, the Contras targeted health care workers and rural teachers, kidnapped, tortured and executed civilians including children, systematically raped women and stole civilian property.

    Even a brief summary of all the US interventions in Latin America with their sequels of suffering and misery would take many pages and largely exceed the space of a MP comment.

    Now, under president Donald Trump the Monroe Doctrine is applied more openly than ever, by asphyxiating Venezuela's economy in order to create the conditions for military intervention. Of course, the economic and political aggression reduces the chances of ongoing negotiations between Venezuela's current government and the opposition.

    Aug 08th, 2019 - 07:22 pm 0
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