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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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Video: Joe Biden Says DACA Recipients ‘More American Than Most Americans’ (Watch)

Americans might have a thing or two to say about that…

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2020 Democrat presidential frontrunner Joe Biden doesn’t think drunk driving is a felony, when illegal aliens do it. No joke. He said he wouldn’t deport an illegal over a drunk doing offense. How terrible is that? But Joe didn’t stop there. He went further. He is now saying DACA illegals are “more American than most Americans” because they do well in school. This is your Democrat frontrunner, folks… WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWX3i9Amxxw&feature=emb_logo Reactions: https://twitter.com/CoolCzech1/status/1220476467412377600?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1220476467412377600&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fdougp-3137%2F2020%2F01%2F23%2Fthis-is-messed-up-joe-biden-describes-whos-often-more-american-than-most-americans-and-people-have-thoughts%2F https://twitter.com/CasualSemi/status/1220474912185470976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1220474912185470976&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fdougp-3137%2F2020%2F01%2F23%2Fthis-is-messed-up-joe-biden-describes-whos-often-more-american-than-most-americans-and-people-have-thoughts%2F https://twitter.com/RealRegularJoe/status/1220476216341385218?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1220476216341385218&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fdougp-3137%2F2020%2F01%2F23%2Fthis-is-messed-up-joe-biden-describes-whos-often-more-american-than-most-americans-and-people-have-thoughts%2F Biden should easily lose the Democrat nomination based on his own merit. That’s how terrible a candidate he really is. However, Joe’s son Hunter is making things so much harder on the 2020 presidential campaign, given how he’s such a total screw-up. After Burisma and the baby mama drama, Hunter may now be linked to multiple criminal probes. Not just one. Multiple. From New York Post: Hunter Biden is the subject of multiple criminal investigations related to “fraud, money laundering and a counterfeiting scheme,” it’s claimed in court documents filed Monday in his Arkansas paternity case. The claims were put forward by a Florida-based private-eye firm, D&A Investigations, in Biden’s ongoing case against alleged baby mama Lunden Alexis Roberts, a former Washington, DC, stripper who went by “Dallas.” WATCH: To open a very serious hearing, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) delivers a completely made-up account of President Trump’s conversation with the Ukrainian President. Very normal and professional. https://twitter.com/BlazeTV/status/1177218754557751296?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1177218754557751296&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Fwatch-democrat-adam-schiff-makes-up-quotes-from-trumps-ukraine-call Reactions: If the conversation were as damning as Schiff et al would like, he would have simply read directly from it, instead of making up dialogue. Probably not surprising in light of the extravagant collusion claims he made for 2 years. https://twitter.com/brithume/status/1177243632593772545?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1177243632593772545&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Fwatch-democrat-adam-schiff-makes-up-quotes-from-trumps-ukraine-call There isn’t a sleazier human being in politics than corrupt charlatan Adam Schiff. He’s proven over and over that his words are meaningless and his accusations are…

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Report: Obama to Consider Intervening In 2020 Race to Sound Off On Bernie Sanders (Details)

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After three years out of the spotlight, it appears Barack Obama is ready to get back into the game. Why? Who knows? It’s not as if anyone is asking him to come back. Maybe he feels it is his duty. Oh, well. What can you do? From Daily Wire: Former President Barack Obama is reportedly considering intervening in the 2020 Democrat presidential primary in an effort to stop socialist Bernie Sanders for obtaining the party’s nomination. https://twitter.com/CGasparino/status/1220400091682439171?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1220400091682439171&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Ftrump-endorses-candidate-who-voted-for-hillary-told-him-to-drop-out Obama previously hinted that he was against the extreme Democrats that were running for the party’s nomination, which is a significant portion of the candidates, saying, “The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.” Reactions: https://twitter.com/michaelsayman/status/1220415303957520391?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1220415303957520391&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fsamj-3930%2F2020%2F01%2F23%2Fhooboy-barack-obama-reportedly-increasingly-anxious-over-bernie-sanders-rise-in-national-polls-considering-public-statement%2F https://twitter.com/TSBigMoney/status/1220417741548638208?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1220417741548638208&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fsamj-3930%2F2020%2F01%2F23%2Fhooboy-barack-obama-reportedly-increasingly-anxious-over-bernie-sanders-rise-in-national-polls-considering-public-statement%2F https://twitter.com/johnburnsnc/status/1220403338472280065?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1220403338472280065&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fsamj-3930%2F2020%2F01%2F23%2Fhooboy-barack-obama-reportedly-increasingly-anxious-over-bernie-sanders-rise-in-national-polls-considering-public-statement%2F https://twitter.com/pinkladyf0xx/status/1220408476494651392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1220408476494651392&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fsamj-3930%2F2020%2F01%2F23%2Fhooboy-barack-obama-reportedly-increasingly-anxious-over-bernie-sanders-rise-in-national-polls-considering-public-statement%2F Obama? Corruption? Those two words do not belong in the same sentence! Barack was the greatest leader that America, nay, THE WORLD, has ever seen! There’s no chance he was involved in any corrupt activities, son! That’s how liberals in Congress and the mainstream media view, Barry. I think my impersonation was pretty spot on. Obama was their God. They won’t allow any person to speak ill of him – or her – I don’t know, what are Barack’s preferred pronouns? Check out this tweet from former NYC Mayor and current attorney to President Trump, Rudy Giuliani… Dem’s impeachment for innocent conduct is intended to obstruct the below investigations of Obama-era corruption: – Billions of laundered $ – Billions, mostly US $, widely misused – Extortion – Bribery – DNC collusion w/ Ukraine to destroy candidate Trump Much more to come. https://twitter.com/RudyGiuliani/status/1206291145782894593?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1206291145782894593&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thegatewaypundit.com%2F2019%2F12%2Fmuch-more-to-come-giuliani-says-impeachment-is-intended-to-obstruct-investigations-of-obama-era-corruption-billions-of-dollars-laundered-extortion-and-bribery%2F From The Hill: President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani remarked Saturday that he has “insurance” if the president tries to turn on him while defending their relationship amid the ongoing House impeachment inquiry. Here’s…

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