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Trump Administration Has Harsh Words, New Sanctions for Venezuela Following Maduro’s Re-Election

Many critics of Venezuela’s government are urging the Trump administration to pursue the oil sanctions.

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In what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling a “sham” election, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro was re-elected on Sunday, despite an abysmally paralyzed economy, starving people, and crushing national debt.

“Sunday’s process was choreographed by a regime too unpopular and afraid of its own people to risk-free elections and open competition,” Pompeo explained, vowing “swift economic and diplomatic actions.”

As many on the world stage look to the US to end the rule of Maduro’s socialist party in Venezuela, as the population of one of the most resource-rich nations on the planet struggles to survive amid severe poverty and starvation, Trump administration slapped Venezuela with new sanctions as a response to the questionable election.

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The Washington Free Beacon‘s Susan Crabtree reports that a “new executive order bars U.S. citizens from being involved in sales of the country’s accounts receivable when it comes to oil and other assets,” which would prevent Venezuela from being able to sell off their debt to the US.

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“However,” Crabtree continues, “the Trump administration stopped short of slapping tougher direct oil sanctions against the Maduro regime, a step that opposition leaders have pressed for and was widely anticipated to take place in the wake of Maduro’s orchestrated victory at the polls.”

“Targeted crude oil sanctions against Venezuela would cripple Maduro’s leftist administration, which is entirely dependent on crude sales to prop up its increasingly isolated and insolvent government,” she explains. “President Trump and top administration officials are wary of taking any action that would further hurt the Venezuelan people, who are already suffering from widespread food shortages brought on by the economic crisis.”

However, many critics of Venezuela’s government are urging the Trump administration to pursue the oil sanctions.

Enrique Altimari, an anti-Maduro activist who serves as the Latin American Studies fellow at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, says that the Maduro regime would not be able to survive US oil sanctions.

“Oil is usually bought in advance, so the impact would be immediate, and within three months, the government would be already seriously damaged,” he told the Washington Free Beacon. “The opposition would use, not only for international pressure, but internal pressure to hopefully start a true dialogue to set the terms for [Maduro’s] way out of government and out of Venezuela.”

He also added that the sanctions were unlikely to hurt the Venezuelan people further, as Maduro usually uses oil income to fund his own government and military, unsurprisingly.

The Trump administration has not taken the possibility of oil sanctions off the table, and a senior Trump official said in a conference call on Monday that the entire region has an interest in putting an end to the Maduro regime.

“Everybody is truly together on this—there is unity in the hemisphere that is almost unprecedented,” the official said of how the region will deal with this “crisis of democracy.”

“The region has never seen a kleptocracy like this—a nation as wealthy [as Venezuela is] driven into an economic death spiral so quickly by such a group of individuals determined to enrich themselves at the expense of their people,” the official added.

 

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Trouble In Paradise? Ilhan Omar Just Got Super Bad News About Her District

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No one’s favorite congresswoman, Rep. Ilhan Omar, who has earned a reputation as an anti-Semite for her negative comments toward Israel and Jewish people, just got some very bad news about her district. According to a new report from financial website, 24/7 Wall Street, Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District is the worst congressional district in the entire country for black people. Uh oh. That’s not going to look too good on the progressive candidate checklist, is it? via TheBlaze: Researchers studied several key metrics using data from the U.S. Census Bureau: cost of living-adjusted median household income, unemployment and poverty rates, educational attainment, and homeownership rates. The data showed that Omar’s district has the greatest socioeconomic disparities between black and white Americans of any congressional district in the U.S. “Black area residents are about four times more likely to live below the poverty line than white residents and three times more likely to be unemployed. Disparate outcomes along racial lines in the district are largely the legacy of historic racism,” the study said. “Minneapolis is one of several Midwestern cities that enacted restrictive housing covenants and exclusionary zoning policies in the early 20th century. These policies impact residential patterns to this day.” Here’s the real kicker that’ll send liberals into hysterics. Each of the five worst districts for black Americans is represented by a Democrat. It actually gets worse than that. As it turns out, 25 out of 30 the worst congressional districts for blacks are run by liberals. Ouch. That pretty much explodes the narrative that Democrats are the party of the poor and marginalized, doesn’t it? Adding insult to injury, the vast majority of the nation’s most segregated cities are located within these districts. So, tell us again, Mr. Liberal, why in the world would we want you to…

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Mayor Gets Pulverized After Posting Ridiculously Thoughtless Tweet In Wake Of Portland Violence

Oh look. Nero playing the fiddle why Rome burns.

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Just hours after violent rioting exploded in the city of Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler posted the most oblivious photograph ever to the Internet, featuring him and his wife, peacefully strolling through the city hand-in-hand as if nothing is going down in his burned out burg. This has led to massive pushback from folks all across the political spectrum, with many calling for Wheeler to step down from office. Honestly, that might not be a bad idea, seeing as how he’s done nothing to put radical left-wing group Antifa in check. via Daily Wire: https://twitter.com/tedwheeler/status/1163209418487394305 “Saturdays in Portland,” however, are a lot different. The day before Mayor Ted Wheeler’s post, Antifa activists targeted journalists and went after protesters, some of whom were members of the right-wing Proud Boys. Below is some of the ugly footage posted by journalist and Quilette editor Andy Ngo and others which has been conveniently ignored by Mr. Wheeler: https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1162833952190582785 https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1162901699318517761 https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1162828409367515139 https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1162844384141832192 The tweet from Mayor Wheeler, unsurprisingly, was ripped online for its oblivious nature. Twitter users, some claiming to live in Portland, pointed to the violent protesting in the city and Portland’s severe homelessness crisis. According to Portland Monthly, 2018 figures estimated 14,476 homeless people reside in the city. https://twitter.com/JNCassavetes/status/1163279121847222272 https://twitter.com/jtLOL/status/1163428604581220354 https://twitter.com/RedTails944/status/1163305483018465281 https://twitter.com/NeilAxelrod/status/1163309474125361152 https://twitter.com/belleofva/status/1163227272930873345 Seems Mayor Wheeler is just a tad bit out of touch with what’s happening in his city. Homelessness, massive violence and rioting, civil unrest. Hardly seems like an ideal time to post a picture of a peaceful stroll through the city. It’s like Nero watching Rome burn and playing the fiddle. The city could definitely use new leadership, perhaps someone with a more sensible approach to dealing with this sort of thing?

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