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Trump Puts the Lie to “Russia Collusion” With Venezuela Actions

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In case you’re still thinking  this whole “Trump is Putin’s puppet” narrative has legs, well, think again. Vladimir Putin is a decidedly unhappy hombre’ today, and it all has to do with the ongoing efforts by the Trump Administration to depose his real puppet, Venezuelan socialist thug Nicolas Maduro.

Earlier today, National Security Advisor John Bolton and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced the U.S. would place severe sanctions on Maduro’s regimen and Venezuela’s national oil company, PdVSA:

Steve Mnuchin:  “As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of PdVSA subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.”

At his press conference, Mnuchin said these actions basically place a quarantine on $7 billion in PdVSA assets in the U.S., and would represent $11 billion in foregone oil exports to the U.S. over the next 12 months. Mnuch said the U.S. decided to target PdVSA because it has long been used by the Maduro regime as “a vehicle for corruption.”:

“A variety of schemes have been designed to embezzle billions of dollars from PdVSA for the personal gain of corrupt Venezuelan officials and businessmen.  For example, a 2014 currency exchange scheme was designed to embezzle and launder around $600 million from PdVSA, money obtained through bribery and fraud.  By May 2015, the conspiracy had allegedly doubled in amount, to $1.2 billion embezzled from PdVSA.  Abraham Edgardo Ortega, a Venezuelan national who was PdVSA’s executive director of financial planning, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering for his role in the billion-dollar international scheme to launder funds embezzled from PdVSA.”

The ongoing, aggressive efforts by the Trump Administration to depose Maduro put the lie to Democrat/media allegations that the U.S. President is some sort of “puppet” or ally to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin has, over the last several years, invested billions of dollars in efforts to prop up the Maduro regime, often taking ownership of Venezuela’s oil assets in return.

As Reuters reported in 2017, Putin’s Russia had by that time already made at least $17 billion in such investments, a total that has only grown in the intervening two years. Thus, any sanctions on Venezuelan oil assets strike directly at the Russian Bear.

Putin’s spokesman at the U.N. made Russia’s displeasure with the efforts to oust Maduro very clear, as Russia led the effort to deny a unanimous U.N. Security Council vote in favor of an effort by the U.S. and European Union to impose international sanctions on Maduro, and endorse opposition leader Juan Guaido.

All of which adds up to completely refute the ongoing joint efforts by the Democrat Party and our fake news media to portray President Trump as a Russian agent.  These people really are shameless.

That is all.

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2 thoughts on “Trump Puts the Lie to “Russia Collusion” With Venezuela Actions

  1. Carlos Dangler - January 28, 2019

    Placing sanctions on Venezuelan oil makes our oil worth more which helps US producers.
    Our oil producers win.
    Madman Maduro loses big time.
    Russian investment loses when they can least afford it.
    Putin finds out you don’t mess with the Donald.
    That adds up to a win-win-win-win for DJT and for America!

  2. Jimmy MacAfee - January 28, 2019

    The Venezuelan brats, the children of the Venezuelan elite (who are government aristocrats) had been partying in Europe (and some say in the US.) They party while their people starve. No mas!

    This is the proper way to deal with Venezuela, not the way the Deep State/WaPo would have us do it, i.e. war.
    We still have to worry about a false flag, but I think this capable administration, under President Trump, sees it coming and is prepared. In case you didn’t know it, President Trump is not a big fan of going to war via false flag – and if anyone wants to argue the point, all you have to do is to read his many comments on the subject.

    Caveat Venditor to those who would try it. And if the Russians want to try doing a double-double, in other words a false flag pretending to be a false flag in order to divide us, they might not wish to go down that road. That would not end up well for them, nor for Venezuelans.

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