President Trump Continues Strategic Trump Doctrine – Economic Leverage To Produce National Security Objectives…

It must be pointed out; it is up to us to do so.  The corporate media are hopelessly deficient in their coverage and explanations of how strategic objectives for national security are being delivered through a Trump Doctrine via economic leverage.  The results are stunningly effective, yet few have noticed, and even fewer seem willing to articulate.

The latest example of the geopolitical Trump Doctrine in action comes via Venezuela, and in the wake of a fraudulent Maduro election – the Trump administration’s economic and financial policy delivering sanctions against the rogue Maduro regime:

(Via LA Times) The Trump administration on Friday slapped sweeping financial sanctions on Venezuela, barring banks from any new financial deals with the government or state-run oil giant PDVSA.

The sanctions Trump signed by executive order are bound to dramatically escalate tensions between Venezuela and the U.S. and exacerbate the country’s economic crisis.

The White House said in a statement that the measures “are carefully calibrated to deny the [President Nicolas] Maduro dictatorship a critical source of financing to maintain its illegitimate rule, protect the United States financial system from complicity in Venezuela’s corruption and in the impoverishment of the Venezuelan people, and allow for humanitarian assistance.”

The new actions prohibit dealings in new debt and equity issued by the government of Venezuela and its state oil company. It also prohibits dealings in certain existing bonds owned by the Venezuelan public sector, as well as dividend payments to the government of Venezuela.  (read more)

Now, to fully conceptualize the strategic policy of the Trump Doctrine in action it becomes necessary to remind ourselves the latest action does not happen in a vacuum. In the multidimensional economic security approach of President Trump, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin plays a critical role.

The sanctions against Venezuela, while targeted, are only one small outcropping of a much larger geopolitical strategy that U.S. President Trump has initiated for the past eight months with jaw-dropping success:

From OPEC (Saudi Summit) to the EU and Baltic States (Poland Pre-G20); to North African energy development via President Macron (Libya and Mali); to walking away from the Paris Climate agreement; to discussions with Theresa May on a bilateral trade deal; to massive shipments of coal to U.K. and France; to closing a deal to deliver Ireland massive amounts of Texas LNG; to our own internal U.S. energy production policy with pipelines, Oil, Coal and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) etc.

President Trump has used all of those “allied” relationships to lower global energy prices.

The bigger part of the ‘big-missed-picture‘ was how that energy strategy impacted adversaries like Russia, Iran, China and recently Venezuela, while simultaneously supporting the larger America-First economic and geopolitical goals.

President Trump thinks seriously long-term, and really BIG picture.

Global energy, mostly oil, fuels the expansionist and interventionist structure that builds the very foundation of our geopolitical adversaries’ ability to continue their global influence. Diminish the value of oil and Donald Trump puts the squeeze on the financial resources of those nations dependent on energy as income.

Most of our current geopolitical adversaries Russia, Iran and Venezuela are dependent on high energy prices. Secondly, the downstream economic adversaries are dependent on high energy prices to maintain their economic position and alliances. As examples: China (as an geopolitical influence agent), and Mexico (as a NAFTA trade parasite), hold adverse interests to the U.S. on trade.

President Trump, by lowering global energy prices, has fractured the foundation of energy producing nations to influence geopolitical strategy; Trump has diminished their most powerful tool.

As a consequence, economic adversaries like China are put into a position of having to spend more money, directly, to aid their allies and to maintain their influence.

Think about how much financial strain is on China currently.  North Korea is entirely financially dependent on China; Pakistan is financially dependent on China’s continued investment; Mexico is financially dependent on Chinese investment; Venezuela is dependent on Chinese loans and oil purchases; etc., etc. the list goes on.   The Trump Doctrine is confronting these relationships through economics.  Each of these relationships is bleeding out money from China.

Conversely, on the income side of China’s ledgers, they are dependent on manufacturing and trade to keep their revenue stream viable.  The Trump Doctrine of renegotiated trade relationships is also confronting China on the revenue side.  China needs our market to sell their goods; China is dependent on access to the U.S. $20 trillion trade market.

See the squeeze?

The Trump Doctrine of using economic strategy is forcing China to spend more and yet simultaneously they are facing less income.   And remember, as a combined result of their dependency on international trade and a trade surplus with the U.S., China’s central bank vault holds “dollars”.

China’s #1 threat, if you want to call it that, would be to dump dollars to retaliate against what President Trump is doing.  However, if the value of the dollar drops, China has less value in their vault, and a lower dollar actually helps our exports.

It’s a three way geopolitical and financial squeeze.

Now, back to Venezuela – The United States was the only remaining cash purchaser of Venezuela oil.  Both China and Russia purchase Maduro’s oil, however their current purchases are/were all made as offsets, repayments, for prior loans.  It doesn’t generate additional revenue for Maduro if China and Russia to purchase more oil, it only pays down the Venezuelan debt.

This report was earlier in this month (we predicted today’s outcome from it):

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A tanker carrying a cargo of about 1 million barrels of Venezuelan heavy crude has been stranded for more than a month off the coast of Louisiana for lack of a bank letter of credit to discharge, three sources have told Reuters.

The cargo’s fate adds to state-run oil company PDVSA’s precarious financial position. Revenue from the company’s oil sales, which have suffered because of low prices and declining production, account for more than 90 percent of the nation’s exports.

Major banks are cutting exposure to Venezuela as a result of political upheaval in the South American country. Some have closed accounts linked to officials of the OPEC member who have had sanctions leveled against them by the U.S. government and have refused to provide correspondent bank services or trade in government bonds.

Credit Suisse this month barred operations involving certain Venezuelan bonds and is now requiring that business with President Nicolas Maduro’s government and related entities undergo a reputation risk review.

[…] The tanker Karvounis carrying Venezuelan oil is anchored at South West Pass off the coast of Louisiana, according to Reuters vessel tracking data. PBF Energy Inc, the intended buyer of the cargo, has been trying unsuccessfully to find a bank willing to provide a letter of credit to discharge the oil, according to two trading and shipping sources.

Crude sellers typically request letters of credit from customers that guarantee payment within 30 days after a cargo is delivered. The documents must be issued by a bank and received before the parties agree to discharge.

It was not immediately clear which banks have denied letters of credit or if other U.S. refiners are affected.  (read more)

Today’s additional sanctions by Treasury Secretary Mnuchin formally removes the ability of Venezuela to get underwriting for their most important export, oil.   Essentially, Maduro is cut off from additional cash.

The only option for Maduro’s economic allies: China, Russia, Cuba etc., is to directly give more money to Venezuela.  However, if they do so they run the risk of running afoul of Secretary Mnuchin’s sanctions and freezing their own international financial systems from engagement with U.S. banks.  Chinese businesses cannot effectively trade with the U.S. market if they are cut off from access to the U.S. banking system.

See the leverage?

Now when you step back, and look at the bigger BIG PICTURE, and think about North Korea, Pakistan-Afghanistan, and the other geopolitical hot-button issues where China is involved…. And then overlay Russia’s lack of energy revenue and simultaneous drain on resources via Syria,… well, you begin to see how effective the Trump Doctrine is.

None of this happened this week, this month, or last month.  This is a cumulative strategy mapped out long before the January inauguration and carried out ever since.

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75 Responses to President Trump Continues Strategic Trump Doctrine – Economic Leverage To Produce National Security Objectives…

  1. sundance says:

    Liked by 20 people

    • helix35 says:

      And Trump is “crazy” according to our thoughtful and sagacious news media.

      Liked by 9 people

      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        LOL! Crazy like a fox! Crazy like a lion that thinks like a fox!

        The more is see these brilliant financial moves so effortlessly deployed, with NEGATIVE DELAY, the more I think Mnuchin was an insanely good pick, who reads Trump’s desires before Trump even asks the questions. Why have we not had leadership like this for so long?


        Trump should troll the media by bringing Mnuchin and wife on his next Paris trip, and having her model a new Hermes scarf every day! Her hubby is Trump-cabinet-class and worth every penny! Make the media HOWL in anger, for violations of the trivial dogmas that characterize the limit of their understanding!

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        • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

          For what it’s worth, The Federalist is reporting that Trump loyalist Sebastian Gorka has turned in his letter of resignation. Looks like maybe the DeepState takeover of the White House is almost complete? Hope that’s not what’s going on. 😦

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          • BebeTarget says:

            Delporable . . . you are correct. Just saw this. My stomach is still turning. .. . . . Big loss losing Mr Gorka. .

            Liked by 2 people

          • wolfmoon1776 says:

            It’s certainly McMaster, as far as Gorka leaving. McMaster want’s ZERO “bad cop” view on Islam in the NSC.

            I think I see Trump’s plan, however, in “allowing” this to happen (and I say that from the standpoint of a diehard Andrew Breitbart/Steve Bannon anti-cultural-Marxist standpoint). It bears some resemblance to moving from a Windows architecture to a UNIX/Linux architecture, and THAT is a winning proposition for the environment this government finds itself in. Conceptually, Trump is doing the right thing by moving to strong organization at the top and unit stability.

            I believe his plan would endure even into a subsequent Republican administration – thus it is long-term visionary.

            The clincher is this. Trump’s plan works whether Bannon and Gorka leave voluntarily OR under pressure, as long as they leave.


            In order to “let Trump be Trump”, we must let McMaster be McMaster, and either let or make Bannon be Bannon.

            / is Trump.
            /nsc is McMaster
            /whitehouse is Kelly
            /culture is Bannon
            /culture must be partitioned separately

            Trump may be infinitely – even undetectably subtle about not letting a crisis go to waste. He may even allow OTHERS to create crises that he sees useful, and frankly I think Trump can make ANY crisis useful.

            I am no longer concerned about McMaster running NSC the way he wants. He is unable to stop Trump – he can only give him what he needs. The Afghanistan plan is not what people think it is. Trump is not advertising the genius here.

            Who is the top PERSUADER in a room full of generals? TRUMP. He sets goals, and they make it happen. Trump has a plan. He even made the Afghanistan plan LOOK “Deep State” at a glance. But it is not. And yet it will have the Deep State cheering madly for it.

            PROBLEM SOLVER.

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            • Alison says:

              You gave me a lot to mull over, Wolfie! Thanks as always. 😊

              Liked by 4 people

            • Grandma Covfefe says:

              Wolfmooon, you make the most sense regarding the departure of Gorka. I am feeling better about it—we haven’t waver at all, just perplexed. I knew there had to be something there we’re not seeing, and scratching my head over departures of Bannon/Gorka didn’t help. So thank you for sharing your thoughts here.

              President Trump, thru his rallies, weekly addresses and daily tweets, have continually reassured us he is still in charge and all is going as planned. That has kept us solid for him.

              Another thing I saw going on. Fake Congress has our national issues in a choke hold for the moment, so rather than stand there and fight fake Congress, President Trump went international and laid down his plans of ‘Unity’ while watching Congress’s next moves against us and pushing back against them via twitter. Deep State can never claim Trump did nothing. WeThePeople saw President Trump still moving forward to confronting the roots of world problems. So it is a win-win: President Trump solving world problems while watching and exposing the Swamp to WeThePeople and others sitting on the fence. The LEOS, the miltary, and the WeThePeople are behind this astute President.

              President Trump’s “Art of Leverage” is his secret ‘MOAB’. He plans to use them at the right place at the right time against Fake Congress and then take down Deep State.

              Thank You!

              Liked by 7 people

            • likewise, after Gorka’s stern resignation and the media coverage it elicited re: “coup” strife, Sebastian updated his Twitter profile pic – he’s smiling, good mood, not exactly Jake Tapper sturm und drang.

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    • Plain Jane says:

      Sundance, please move this article up to the front for today and tomorrow. It’s too good to let it go downstream.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. C. Lowell says:

    Pro-tip Sundance: “Economic Leverage To Produce National Security Objectives” may be correct,

    But its propaganda is ineffective to motivate and move the masses, so it’s not politically correct…


  3. MIKE says:

    Dang! Our Prez gets them coming AND going!!

    Liked by 11 people

  4. USA loves Melania says:

    He told me I’d be so proud of my country.
    He told me I’d be so proud of my President.
    He was right.

    Liked by 22 people

  5. missmarple2 says:


    Thank you so much! I am going to send this to people who think Trump is losing ground (courtesy of the media) and cannot see beyond the Charlottesville controversy.

    Liked by 16 people

  6. DanDeplorable says:

    Wonder how many loaves of bread that expensive looking painting would buy? Bet Maduro’s starving captives will never know.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. FofBW says:

    It is very rare indeed to have a leader come along that is a visionary and has the ability to implement that vision…..and can slip into tactical mode with the people.

    Liked by 17 people

  8. sundance says:

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  9. jmclever says:

    Considering this paragraph from the article

    Think about how much financial strain is on China currently. North Korea is entirely financially dependent on China; Pakistan is financially dependent on China’s continued investment; Mexico is financially dependent on Chinese investment; Venezuela is dependent on Chinese loans and oil purchases; etc., etc. the list goes on. The Trump Doctrine is confronting these relationships through economics. Each of these relationships is bleeding out money from China.

    I don’t think that it is too far fetched for China to be supporting, maybe indirectly, MS-13, Islamic terrorism, Antifa and other disruptors to keep America off balance and unable to combat the real problem, which is China.

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  10. What we have here is a size 45 G.I. issued, Genuine Leather, Steel Toed Boot placed directly between the cheeks of Maduro’s Glutious Maximus!

    Liked by 10 people

  11. EddyC says:

    I wonder if Nikki Haley had an idea what a key role she would be playing in this global strategy.

    Liked by 7 people

    • missmarple2 says:

      Similar to Mike Pence, my former governor. I didn’t think much of Pence as he seemed to be han-handed, which I now believe was due to his political consultants. Haley seemed a nothing type governor except for her stand on the Confederate battle flag, which infuriated a lot of people.

      Yet suddenly they seem to be stand-up people with a lot of firmness and courage.

      “My father sees potential in people that they don’t see in themselves.”

      Ivanka Trump, RNC Convention, 2016

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      • emet says:

        Many successful people are only successful within a specific organization, agency, heirarchy etc because they have figured out how to play the game. Really, dysfunctional organizations offer the most opportunities, because incompetence is easily concealed. In short, when nobody is rewarded for changing the system, nobody will take the risk. Trump offers the chance to make improvements. He encourages them. He demands them. New game with new rules. Pence and Haley playing well.

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        • navysquid says:

          A sports analogy applies here as well…certain players can only play in certain coaches systems or else you’ll see them out of the league in short period. Not all NBA, NFL, MLB, etc players can play for any coach across the spectrum…some are tailored to a run and shoot offense or an option or open court shoot-the-three or small ball type play.

          I see Pres Trump where he was evaluating people from June 2015, or even before, and looking where he could position certain staff members in his Cabinet that they could excel and have an effect exponentially.

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    • SpanglishKC says:

      I think she saw an opportunity to have greater national exposure and build up her resume. Given her elitist outlook bet she couldn’t leave the South fast enough.

      And as noted here on CTH she’s taking full credit for US success at U.N. lately….typical political wh_ _ _


  12. RJ says:

    Deficient is not the correct word for the media. They are filthy scum from the networks to local TV stations to hometown newspapers. Totally despicable.

    Liked by 4 people

  13. Kjf says:

    The Boss

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  14. MrE says:


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  15. Matt says:

    Maduro is obviously illegitimate. Are these measures meant to force him to step down? Or to do better for the people of Venezuela? Call me ignorant of such matters, but what is the determined objective of these sanctions?


    • My guess is the measures will cripple his finances so badly that Maduro won’t want to be dictator of a country with no money to pilfer. Or the people will rise up against him and take back power. If Maduro is allowed to prosper, his reign is likely to continue far into the future. Make him poor and hated, and being a dictator won’t be so much fun.

      Liked by 3 people

      • John says:

        When his money runs out and he can’t pay his killers to keep them at bay what do you think those killers are going to do?

        Liked by 1 person

        • pyromancer76 says:

          Thanks for writing just what I was going to write. When he has no money to pay his killers, where are they going to go? They will not be “faithful” or “loyal” to him.


    • Donna in Oregon says:

      I think this is the organization that handles your question. It’s all of the countries of the America’s. The solution in South America lies with Maduro’s neighbors. I’m sure there is a status and statement somewhere on this website. I used to keep up on it but this is really a South American issue. We pay for most of this organization in order for them to work out their differences. Check it out.

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      • Black_Knight_Rides says:

        Great observation, Donna.

        President Trump is driving Regional-Nation Ownership of regional problems, to create sustainable solutions THEMSELVES…

        He’s creating Bilateral trading partners with Bilateral Energy Deals and Bilateral Fair Trade and Bilateral Defense Alliances tapping American Defense Equipment and Training.

        These Bilateral Allies will be reinforced through regional alliances and American backing.

        No more sacrificing American Lives and Treasure on wasted efforts to impose failed strategies that bleed America to death!

        Liked by 2 people

    • Bert Darrell says:

      Expect Maduro to pack as much money as possible and flee to Cuba before he’s caught and executed by the Venezuelan people. His dictator days are over.

      Liked by 2 people

  16. I’m thinking there are probably quite a few Chinese bureaucrats muttering bad things about MAGA and our President right about now.

    Liked by 6 people

  17. lurker99 says:

    This was all discussed on CNN………….. (not !)

    Liked by 2 people

  18. missmarple2 says:

    Fox just reported North Korea just launched another ballistic missile.

    Liked by 2 people

  19. TimeIsNow says:

    I’ve been understanding this more and more, Sundance. You’ve been my touchstone.

    Liked by 2 people

  20. MaineCoon says:

    “None of this happened this week, this month, or last month. This is a cumulative strategy mapped out long before the January inauguration and carried out ever since.”

    This is intriguing. The thought of how many years President Trump has been formulating his master plan. It is actually mind boggling to me.

    He’s such a long term planner and has great patience for culmination of his plans. On the other hand, he knows if/when he should cut bait on other issues, such as terminations, etc. Qualities of a great leader.

    Liked by 3 people

  21. Grace Anne says:

    President Trump is a genius!

    Liked by 5 people

  22. kinthenorthwest says:

    Looks like Trump’s endorsement working

    Liked by 7 people

    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Polls are not really that reliable. There is quite a bit of time left for her to get it together. She needs a good strategist this time. Flake is lousy but that isn’t enough because the Uniparty has their system set-up in Arizona.

      Liked by 1 person

  23. trapper says:

    I think I have figured out Afghanistan, and I also think I have figured out what the Big Ugly is. No, I won’t tell you. Not even a hint.

    Go T!

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Piper says:

    The neocons win- Trump is more and more isolated and insulated from us.
    Say what you will about 4D chess and all that claptrap- he IS an excellent strategist, but he cannot operate in a vacuum, surrounded by trolls in the swamp!!


    • DanDeplorable says:

      Why should he stick around when he no longer has PTrump’s ear?
      It’s clear from his letter, the anti-MAGA’s win another scalp.


    • trapper says:

      Gorka is a good man, but he doesn’t get it, and he can’t see it. And if he can’t see it Pres Trump isn’t going to slow down to describe it to him. It’s up to Gorka to trust the vision of Trump and his core team (Trex, Wilburine, Mnuchin, Mattis, and McMaster) and try to keep up. Apparently it was beyond his abilities and the limits of his imagination.

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    • grlangworth says:

      Well, of course he can…! What makes you think someone who has won victory after victory for decades in the NYC killers’ jungle is sussed by a bunch of tin-horn politicians braying from 10am to 3pm 4 days a week…PDJT is used to working 80 hour weeks.


  25. Black_Knight_Rides says:

    Sundance: Elegantly explained.
    A whole new tranche of scenarios with effects and insights.
    One of your BEST.

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Mr. Morris says:

    Didn’t Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sacks just prop up the Venezuelan government with huge loans?

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Plain Jane says:

    This article BY SUNDANCE is up IN RED at the top of Citizen Free Press.


  28. Roberto Mazzarella says:

    Great article about a great president and his superb ability to see into the future and go for it.
    Without a doubt the best president America has ever had and he WILL BE VICTORIOUS!!!

    Because he loves his country and the people more than he does power and position. Just give him more time to clean the swamp, which is Washington D.C.
    Trump is successful because his heart is in the right place. He is not serving some other master.

    How fortunate We the American People are to have him as our leader.

    Now let’s all pull with him and ignore traitors in the media and in his own political party and all of Congress and help him clean house.



  29. jon says:

    Are you forgetting that Russia, China, India, Brazil and about 50 other countries now have a system that side steps SWIFT? SWIFT can block transfer or freeze assets inside the SWIFT system only. Have you noticed that the trade agreements between other countries are returning to non-petro dollar “money”? The more sanctions US puts on others the more it drives countries AWAY from the US dollar / SWIFT. See the problem here?
    What you are witnessing is the Banksterz around Trump trying to stave off the inevitable death of the Petro-Dollar. BRICS and AIB are backed by Gold. Every month that goes by the Petro-dollar is used less and less in international trade. Do a search for how much commercial real estate China owns in each of the largest American cities. This is China converting their US dollars into hard assets as fast as they can The article above is about the US counter-moves to the rest of the world walking away from the deadly Petro-Dollar.


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