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Trump Renews Obama-Era Emergency Over Venezuela
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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 13:43

Excerpt: "The United States government has renewed it's declaration of a national emergency over Venezuela for another year, which former President Barack Obama initially decreed in March 2015."

Venezuelan protesters. (photo: Federico Parra/Getty)
Venezuelan protesters. (photo: Federico Parra/Getty)


Trump Renews Obama-Era Emergency Over Venezuela

By teleSUR

06 March 19


Donald Trump says he believes that Venezuela "is a threat" to the United States, while the U.S. continues to promote aggression against Maduro’s government.

he United States government has renewed it's declaration of a national emergency over Venezuela for another year, which former President Barack Obama initially decreed in March 2015.

In response, the Venezuelan government said the renewal of this measure is "a historic error" in the context of the economic aggressions and threats of military intervention to which the U.S. has subjected the country.

In a statement sent to Congress, U.S. President Donald Trump asserted that Venezuela continues to represent "a threat to U.S. policy."

The decree against Venezuela includes sanctions against government officials within the framework of an economic blockade against the country that has cost around US$35 billion, according to complaints to the U.N. from the Venezuelan government.

Elliot Abrams, U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, affirmed Tuesday that the White House does not rule out imposing secondary sanctions against the Venezuelan government. Abrams said the U.S. government has many plans on the table to be lodged against the government of the South American country, including possible military action.

"It's a possibility, but it's not yet time," Abrams said during a press conference. "Our policy is diplomatic pressure. Although all options are on the table, we have not chosen the military option."

The special envoy to the U.S. said they are considering imposing sanctions on actors from third-party countries in response to situation in Venezuelan. For the moment, Abrams said that "there will be more revocations and cancellations of visas" for officials linked to the Venezuelan government.

Abrams' words come a day after the White House Security Adviser John Bolton indicated that President Trump's administration will take measures against Cuba for supporting President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro.

The U.S. and its right-wing allies in Latin America have come out in support of opposition lawmaker, Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president of Venezuela 13 days after Maduro’s inauguration on Jan. 23. The opposition refused to particpate in last years elections last May, saying the election was rigged.

Amidst the controversy, Maduro called for the restoration of talks between his government and the opposition in order to maintain peace and avoid a U.S.-backed coup. He also appealed to Pope Francis who said that both sides would first need to agree to a mediation.

The Pope notably brokered a negotiation between the U.S. and Cuba in 2014 to end to more than five decades of hostilities.

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+2 # dotlady 2019-03-06 23:51
Too bad the US can never act as a partner but only as a thug with South and Central American countries, posturing, crippling with sanctions, threatening military attack.
Greed and fear.
 
 
+1 # janie1893 2019-03-07 02:19
Trump will move troops into Venezuela if things get too hot for him in the US, things like impeachment. He will do whatever he thinks necessary to maintain the presidency so he can continue to be Nero. He is getting crazier!!
 
 
+1 # economagic 2019-03-07 08:21
One more reminder of how "progressive" Obama was NOT. "What would Mitt have done?" Probably no better, but further evidence of the folly of the "lesser evil." How about "NO EVIL" for a campaign slogan?
 
 
+1 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-03-07 12:06
Abrams and Bolton belong in prison, not negotiating the "largest oil reserves in the world".