President Trump Calls Venezuela Interim President Juan Guaido…

Russia and China have invested billions in Venezuela to prop-up the Maduro regime. On Monday the U.K. denied Maduro access to $1.2 billion in gold held by the Bank of England. On Monday night a Russian aircraft landed in Caracus. On Tuesday it was reported that 20 tonnes of Venezuela gold bars have gone missing (link).

“President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido to congratulate him on his historic assumption of the presidency and to reinforce President Trump’s strong support for Venezuela’s fight to regain its democracy.”

“Interim President Guaido thanked President Trump for the United States’ commitment to freedom and prosperity in Venezuela and the region, and noted the importance of the large protests across Venezuela against former dictator Maduro, set to occur today and Saturday. They agreed to maintain regular communication to support Venezuela’s path back to stability, and to rebuild the bilateral relationship between the United States and Venezuela.”  ~ White House

(Via White House) RECOGNIZING THE LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA: The United States has officially recognized Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela.

  • President Trump officially recognized the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela on January 23.
    • Venezuela’s National Assembly invoked the country’s constitution to declare Nicolas Maduro illegitimate and declared the presidency vacant.
    • Other governments in the region and across the world have joined the United States in recognizing Guaido as Venezuela’s Interim President.
  • The Administration has authorized Guaido to receive Venezuelan Government assets held at the United States Federal Reserve and other insured United States financial institutions.
    • Venezuela’s legitimate government, led by Guaido, must be allowed to safeguard its assets for the benefit of the Venezuelan people.

PRESSURING MADURO AND HIS CRONIES: The United States has imposed tough sanctions on Maduro and members of his previous regime.

  • President Trump signed an Executive Order to make clear that United States sanctions continue to target Maduro and his corrupt cronies.
  • The United States will not tolerate those who seek to undermine Venezuela’s democratic institutions and loot Venezuelan resources to enrich themselves at the expense of the people.
  • The Trump Administration is blocking assets in the United States owned or controlled by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company.
    • This action will further international efforts to disconnect Maduro and his cronies from their revenue sources, while preserving critical assets for the future of Venezuela.
  • More than 100 individuals, entities, and aircraft have been designated as blocked property.
  • The United States is confident that energy markets will remain well supplied despite reduced imports of Venezuelan oil.
    • Respected forecasters like the United States Energy Information Administration expect global oil supply to exceed demand in 2019 and 2020.
    • Over the next year, United States production is forecasted to increase to an all-time high of more than 12 million barrels per day.

STANDING WITH THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE: President Trump stands with the people of Venezuela as they demand democracy, human rights, and prosperity denied to them by Maduro. 

  • The United States continues to provide humanitarian assistance to the Venezuelan people.
    • Food and medicine have long been – and remain – exempt from our sanctions.
  • More than three million people have fled Venezuela since 2015 and the United Nations estimates that number may swell to more than 5.3 million by the end of 2019.
  • As of December 2018, there were more than 280 known political prisoners in Venezuela.
  • Venezuelans have suffered from violence at the hands of the security services, including extrajudicial killings and arbitrary arrests.
  • Mismanagement by Maduro led to hyperinflation exceeding one million percent in 2018, worsening already dire economic circumstances.
  • (LINK)

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150 Responses to President Trump Calls Venezuela Interim President Juan Guaido…

  1. Mark L. says:

    Nancy Pelosi must be having a tight panty time.

    Liked by 6 people

    • betseyross says:

      I sure hope so.

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    • hoghead says:

      “nanny pelosi…a tight panty time…”

      Ewwww! THAT’s an ugly word picture!

      Liked by 5 people

      • Cisco says:

        😎 There, that’s better.

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        • what does that even mean? you think pelosi finds this difficult? of course she doesn’t. she’s a zionist and this is a zionist project, look who’s in charge, abrams, bolton and (christian zionist) pompeo.

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          • G. Combs says:

            “…this is a zionist GLOBALIST project…”

            GREED for power does not belong to any one people.

            Straight from Fabian co-founder George Bernard Shaw

            KILLING THOSE “UNFIT TO LIVE”
            “The moment we face it frankly we are driven to the conclusion that the community has a right to put a price on the right to live in it … If people are fit to live, let them live under decent human conditions. If they are not fit to live, kill them in a decent human way. Is it any wonder that some of us are driven to prescribe the lethal chamber as the solution for the hard cases which are at present made the excuse for dragging all the other cases down to their level, and the only solution that will create a sense of full social responsibility in modern populations?”

            Source: George Bernard Shaw, Prefaces (London: Constable and Co., 1934), p. 296.

            “Under Socialism, you would not be allowed to be poor. You would be forcibly fed, clothed, lodged, taught, and employed whether you liked it or not. If it were discovered that you had not character and industry enough to be worth all this trouble, you might possibly be executed in a kindly manner; but whilst you were permitted to live, you would have to live well.”

            George Bernard Shaw: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism, 1928, pg. 470

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          • brenrod says:

            LOL, someone lost their way on the way to huffpo

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    • JackB says:

      Pelosi like Hillary has always supported regime change anywhere. Iraq, Libya, Syria. And now Venezuela.

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      • James says:

        Jack, yes Nancy Pelosi is supporting regime change in Venezuela?

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        • James says:

          Oops, not question mark after Venezuela. Should be period.

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        • RKEESX says:

          NANCY PIGLOSI IS ADVOCATING REGIME CHANGE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…….LESS YOU FORGET.

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          • Cisco says:

            👍🌟🌟🌟🌟👍

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          • indeed. so why is trump supporting such anti-democratic criminal attacks on venezuela? can you imagine the screeching if russia said hillary’s president because so many people in the u.s. are dissatisfied with trump? this is the same thing. catch a clue.

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            • G. Combs says:

              “…why is trump supporting such anti-democratic criminal attacks on venezuela?”

              ARE YOU NUTZ???

              Do you think the people of Venezuela VOTED to STARVE TO DEATH???

              Venezuela survey: 75% of population lost 19 pounds [in one year] amid Crisis
              http://www.upi.com › World News

              “Feb. 19 (UPI) — Venezuela’s Living Conditions Survey found that nearly 75 percent of the population lost an average of at least 19 pounds in 2016 due to a lack of proper nutrition amid an economic crisis.

              The survey, called ENCOVI, is a joint effort conducted by the Central University of Venezuela, the Andrés Bello Catholic University and the Simón Bolívar University, along with the Fundación Bengoa food and nutrition group and other non-governmental organizations….”

              Venezuela’s Starving People Are Now Eating The Zoo Animals
              https://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2017/08/17/venezuelas-starving-people-are-now-eating-the-zoo-animals-the-parisians-had-the-german-excuse/

              “Aug 17, 2017 · Zoo animals are being stolen from parks in western Venezuela and police believe they are being snatched to be eaten by the starving local population….”

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            • cali says:

              @jeff montanye: Are you serious?

              Thanks to the Hussein and HRC activities in their neck of the woods Iran is smack dab in the middle of that shit show in Venezuela that involves Hezbollah and Iran.

              The people suffer and suffer for quite some time so its time to step in to relieve the suffering without going to war.

              Coming to think of it the richest person in Venezuela is the daughter of Hugo Chavez who fleeced his citizens by fattening the bank account of his daughter. She is a billionaire times three so there’s that.

              Maduro canoodles with Iran, Hezbollah, Nicaragua and Cuba and none of it is good or beneficial to his citizens whom he tells ‘let them eat cake’.

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            • dr D says:

              I think most people think it’s clear that what was anti-democratic is the last fraudulent election that kept Maduro in power.

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            • brenrod says:

              there is nothing democratic in today’s Venezuela

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        • brenrod says:

          I doubt it, as obama supported the leftists chavez and maduro and nancy backed all obama platforms.

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      • Donzo says:

        Don’t forget her support of regime change in the US of A.

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      • Kris Langley says:

        Including the United States.

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    • CNN_sucks says:

      Diaper change?

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    • Critical Mass says:

      That explains the death mask look – the glazed eyes, the rictus smirk, the permanently constricted facial muscles, and the wheezy emanations from her mouth which are mistaken for intelligible speech.

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  2. Bendix says:

    I hope this works out well for the Venezuelan people.
    Note just less hellish than it has been.
    I want other nations to have it as good as we are going to have it again.

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    • alonzo1956 says:

      I hope they have what we have today. Life in America is pretty darn good, despite the lunatic left’s meltdown.

      Liked by 6 people

      • shirley49 says:

        My 24 yr old Grandson just did his Taxes and the first thing he noticed was the big difference between his last years taxable income vs. this years. Now a big Trump fan.

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    • Mark L. says:

      And the entire Region. Such a wealth of natural resources for the World. Leave it to the Socialist to ruin a great opportunity for the masses.

      Liked by 9 people

    • GB Bari says:

      Me too. I knew some people from Caracas. They were full of life, spirited, and held good jobs. The last I saw or heard from them was in the late 1970s / early 1980s. I do not know whatever became of them.

      The Venezuela they described was good, wasn’t perfect, but they were very optimistic. I pray that their new leaders take a page or two from DJT’s book about how to lift up a nation instead of pilfering from it.

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      • piper567 says:

        Amen, GB…have a Venezuelan friend, now Army Vet and Citizen, whose Mother just made it out of Venezuela…left everything behind, including owned home…just awful.
        The whole family is on hold, waiting to see if anything changes.
        They have essentially lost their entire lives, but had to flee.
        She is a dear old lady who is amazed at young people in this Country thinking ab this type of tyranny.
        Now safely with Daughter, my friend, but sad ab what has happened so quickly in her home Country.
        we need to listen to people like her.

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  3. Carrie2 says:

    Their battle to be free reminds me of the democrats pushing communism along with the globalists to block every good thing of freedom and rights and especially Pelosi now wanting the word “God” removed. She can try but she won’t be able to do it. She may be against the wall, but now many democrats want it, so maybe her as Speaker may be ending soon as well. Glad that Venezuela has assets here and they are safe. Guess Russia wanted more gold so came and took it, but too bad they didn’t take Maduro with them. Do hope the military and police are with the citizens and will be sure Maduro is removed. Now Austria suffering from allowing muslims in and have so many women murdered by them. I think we need to pray more for all the garbage taking place in the world and gain peace.

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  4. thedoc00 says:

    There is much more at stake here than Venezuela. The same game plan, used over the past 40+years, to control anything money making in Africa is being employed in Venezuela, which would serve as the base for expansion across South America. Put a total despot in power and then prop up the dictator to rape the country 4-ways of Sunday. There are enough Islamic, Cuban and other surrogates wanting a pay day in South America and around the world who would sign up as “mercenaries for the cause”.

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    • thedoc00 says:

      Secretary of State Pompeo engaging the OAS and the OAS showing willingness to help is crucial at this point. The US has allot of atoning to do in South America, Central America and Caribbean. This is going to be a long process as the US needs to build trust in OAS want-be allies.

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      • JohnCarlson says:

        “I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”
        – Smedley D. Butler, “War is a Racket”: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier

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        • thedoc00 says:

          I have read Smedley Butler’s writings and received my indoctrination, on the topic, reading General Puller’s biography.

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        • Petrel says:

          General Butler’s disgust rings true.

          A White House phone call to our newly designated / newly purchased Venezuelan President appears both too little and rather too late.

          Since the US lost United Nation Security Council support last week for our regime change adventure — causing Secretary Pompeo to quit the meeting, which the US had called, prematurely — the lesson has to be that our one-time compradors at the UN are now better paid by others.

          Who might these be? Given that the Chinese have an acknowledged $ 50 Billion investment in Venezuela and years of influence peddling within the Venezuelan elite, it would only be prudent to bet on the Chinese distributing $ 1 Billion, or $ 2 Billion, or $ 5 Billion, in the form of anonymous US Treasury bonds. Seems too that American and European banks have even larger ‘investments’ ( aka monopoly positions ) in the Venezuelan economy and these banks will be ‘protected’ by their friends on Capitol Hill.

          Gone are the days when a few $ Million and a platoon of General Butler’s Marines could buy you a South or Central American republic.

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        • Mrs. E says:

          Oh, you mean Smedley Butler who was chosen by a group of industrialists to be the dictator following their coup on FDR? Real legit, eh?

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          • Petrel says:

            Dear Mrs E — you reinforce the point. Big Business, Wall Street Brokers and Bankers who used the Pentagon to order him and his Marines, for 33 years across 3 continents, to grab everything from foreign oil, to foreign sugar, to foreign bananas, came to regard General Butler as an office gofer. For these plutocrats, what was the difference between an operation to eliminate the President of Honduras, or of the Dominican Republic — or of the United States?

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    • Wherever there is success and wealth from private human energy and enthusiasm, there will be democratsocialist/communists jealousy wanting to claim jump and steal that success. They call it ‘social justice’. Based on envy and greed. Hate. Venezuela and Cuba were the richest Latin American countries in the 1940’s 50’s.

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      • G. Combs says:

        Envy/Hatred of the Good for Being the Good

        “Today, we live in the Age of Envy.
        “Envy” is not the emotion I have in mind, but it is the clearest manifestation of an emotion that has remained nameless; it is the only element of a complex emotional sum that men have permitted themselves to identify.

        Envy is regarded by most people as a petty, superficial emotion and, therefore, it serves as a semihuman cover for so inhuman an emotion that those who feel it seldom dare admit it even to themselves. . . . That emotion is: hatred of the good for being the good.

        This hatred is not resentment against some prescribed view of the good with which one does not agree. . . . Hatred of the good for being the good means hatred of that which one regards as good by one’s own (conscious or subconscious) judgment. It means hatred of a person for possessing a value or virtue one regards as desirable.

        ….. The primary factor and distinguishing characteristic is an emotional mechanism set in reverse: a response of hatred, not toward human vices, but toward human virtues.

        To be exact, the emotional mechanism is not set in reverse, but is set one way: its exponents do not experience love for evil men; their emotional range is limited to hatred or indifference. It is impossible to experience love, which is a response to values, when one’s automatized response to values is hatred.” — Ayn Rand

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  5. sundance says:

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  6. JohnCarlson says:

    If the Venezuelan Army and Police were with The People all they would have to do is simply ‘stand down’ and Mauro would be gone as The People, even if unarmed, would then be able to deal with him.

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  7. JohnCarlson says:

    If Manduro’s troops are shooting the people, we should send brave FBI Agents, 29 of them should be about right, to take them on.

    Liked by 13 people

  8. JackB says:

    Why should we care about Venezuela?

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    • Bendix says:

      I’m a Christian, I want people around the world to be free like we are.

      Liked by 6 people

      • JackB says:

        Should we intervene everywhere people are not free? China, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan?

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        • ForGodandCountry says:

          If you weren’t free but wanted the freedoms we enjoy, would you want help gaining you and your family’s freedoms?

          We all know the answer to that.

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        • litlbit2 says:

          We are, Afghanistan, Iran, Argentina, etc, think dollars by airplane, trade secrets and technologies for China, Uranium for Russia, Caravans for crime, Terroist for drug promotion 2000 through 2008.

          Except now we doing it correctly for the folks, resources, trade, freedom, no invasions, just talk, respect and good will. A new day, new outlook at solving problems, a new real leader of people value.

          No more greedy, swamp dictatorships for power and agendas against normal people. MAGA/KAG

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      • Petrel says:

        Bendix: “. . I want people around the world to be free like we are.”

        Do you live in the USA? Are you aware that what happened to Roger Stone last week happened much worse 80,000 times last year — Roger is fortunate the SWAT team was from the FBI. Had the SWAT team been paramilitary, the first thing they would have done was shoot his two dogs, no matter how cuddly. Despite the humiliation to himself and his wife, those two pooches were not shot because the FBI had CNN filming the event and pets are still a protected group.

        As for our “free press,” the media is owned by six mega-corporations and reporters are given the talking points they are to deliver every day — which is why they all regularly utter the same unusual phrases, no matter what the TV, Cable or radio channel and whatever the print media.

        Then again, do you not realize that every digital message and phone call you send and receive is stored with the NSA and can be retrieved by thousands working for the FBI and the like with a single tap at the keyboard? Come to be interviewed by law enforcement, at any level, you can be accused to “lying” should you forget a phrase in one conversation you had 8 years ago !

        If you are aware of all such government intrusion, how do you define freedom?

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    • LKAinLA says:

      Hopefully Venezuela will not vote for free stuff anymore.

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    • Tom Idlewood says:

      Jack makes a good point. Isn’t the complete and utter failure of Venezuela’s socialist/communist system a cautionary tale for those who would vote for “free stuff” and for the rich to be taxed to the hilt? Why fix their problem so soon? This is a teachable moment for all of our poorly indoctrinated millenials, who support such demonic political systems.

      I suppose not letting Russia and China burrow into the Western hemisphere is a moderating concern, but the Venezuelans got themselves into this predicament by being greedy and lazy.

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      • Dutchman says:

        How many of those now in the streets, calling for Maduro’s ouster, were in those same streets 15 years ago, CHEERING for Chavez?

        You have to Experience making a mistake, to learn from it, usually.

        The people cheering for Pelosi, AOC, etc. can’t learn from watching Venezuela, they will need to experience the CON in CONmunism personally, to learn the lesson, unfortunately.

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        • ForGodandCountry says:

          A: a great many. And they will have learned from the lesson, and those who never did support socialism in Venezuela will not let them forget it any time soon, either.

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      • BigTalkers says:

        Only after the “free stuff” runs out. Then “buyers remorse” sets in.

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      • Donzo says:

        If you think liberals can be educated you’re sadly mistaken.

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    • purpleibby says:

      Because fighting communism and extreme socialism is what we stand for, for freedom and economic prosperity for regular folks. I imagine if Reagan was President today, he would be doing the same thing the Trump administration is here. Communism is just another form of NWO. We oppose the Stalinists and the Trotskyites.

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      • JohnCarlson says:

        No, Reagan would not.

        1. The United States should not commit its forces to military action overseas
        unless the cause is vital to our national interest.
        2. If the decision is made to commit our forces to combat abroad, it must be done
        with the clear intent and support needed to win. It should not be a halfway or tentative commitment, and there must be clearly defined and REALISTIC objectives.
        3. Before we commit our troops to combat,there must be reasonable assurance that the cause we are fighting for and the actions we take will have the support of the American people and Congress.
        4. Even after all these other tests are met, our troops should be committed to combat abroad only as a last resort, when no other choice is available.

        How many Of these Reagan Four does Venezuela meet?

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        • JohnCarlson says:

          Of course, DJT is so far following these rather well, but you can bet Graham and Rubio and many others are trying to push him to be less like Reagan and more like LBJ and Bush.

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        • ForGodandCountry says:

          Yes, Reagan most assuredly would have.

          “Communism is the goal of socialism.”
          – Vladimir Lenin

          Socialist gov’ts in South America are most definitely a national security issue and represent a threat to the nation. Sending troops to help free an oppressed people and stand up a democratic republic is both within our national interest and good for the global body politic.

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          • ForGodandCountry says:

            Moreover, it is not likely the US will have to send troops in this situation, as the people there most definitely want to rid themselves of the socialists and the army there is greatly wavering in it’s support for Maduro.

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            • 🍺Gunny66 says:

              FG&C,
              Please excuse my reply. I hope you and your family are well.

              I believe the most important aspect of this is “not” letting other countries come in and take over. This we must not let happen.
              I .E. China / Russia
              We can give them all the assistance they need, mostly by letting the people work it out.

              But we cannot allow other countries to interfere in that process.

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              • G. Combs says:

                Yes, that is my take on it too Gunny. President Trump is warning China and Russia to STAY OUT of the mess by supporting intermin President Juan Guaido.

                Notice the word INTERMIN!!

                ADJECTIVE

                1. in or for the intervening period; provisional or temporary.

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            • Sherri Young says:

              I am not convinced that the citizens of Venezuela are ready to give up socialism. They are ready to give up their mega-corrupt presidente and try to get past the shortages and failed currency. Venezuela has been socialist for a generation. Chavez and Maduro counted on the welfare class for votes. Now that they are hungry, Maduro doesn’t look so good. They probably would not mind more free stuff.

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              • Your Tour Guide says:

                “Venezuela has been socialist for a generation”. A lot longer
                then that. Since at least 1978. My parents went on a cruise
                back then, and reported back on when they made a stop in
                Venezuela. Once you got off the ship, you were loaded up
                on a bus, with a state employed guide. The bus only went to
                approved sites, and a whole lot of praise for the miracles that
                the government was doing. “Here is our wonderful university!!”
                and the like. Felt like they were visiting Mother Russia.

                They repeated the cruise the next year, same itinerary, only
                my siblings and grandparents went along. 10 of us altogether.
                When we arrived at Carracas, we were greeted at the dock by
                people playing steel drums. Directly adjacent to them was the
                military, with submachine guns strapped to them. We stayed
                aboard that day. Drank pretty heavily, as I recall.

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        • Donzo says:

          Those requirements only apply to optional wars. An existencial defence of the USA against our foreign enemies is not optional. Nor is it optional against our domestic enemies.

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    • JohnCarlson says:

      R2P (Responsibility to Protect) is a global political commitment which was endorsed by all member states of the United Nations at the 2005 World Summit. Hillary Clinton and Samantha Power, in conjunction with former Nazi helper George Soros, have been prime movesr in pushing forward the military doctrine of “The Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

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      • Mark L. says:

        Everything has gotten out of control. How many countries and how many engagements is this country involved with. We are creating Wars for Wars sake. Insanity
        MAGA!

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        • BigTalkers says:

          “National interests” can be a slippery slope, a la Vietnam.

          Which is why I esp like this President’s policy of involving affected neighboring nations to pay the freight and do the fighting.

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      • BigTalkers says:

        Then after they assisted in bringing down the regime, why did they walk away from Libya?

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    • ForGodandCountry says:

      Simple. I’ll give you two reasons out of a great many.

      1) Because this nation was founded by Christians who formed a Republic, not by communist atheists, and our national motto is “In God we trust”. And as a Christian nation, the most powerful and wealthiest people earth, extraordinarily blessed by God, it is our duty to our national faith care for others.

      and

      2) The single best way to create a closely allied, friendly nation is to help free it from oppressors, esp. if said oppression came as a direct result of the ignorance and regret of it’s own people.

      That said, it’s a pity anyone is so ill-informed as to need to ask such a question.

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      • ForGodandCountry says:

        *to care for others, esp. the needy (which Venezuelans most certainly are at present).

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      • BigTalkers says:

        Then why isn’t GERMANY the least bit grateful? But for US they’d most certainly be speaking Russian!

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        • ForGodandCountry says:

          I laugh at your notion that Germany hasn’t been “in the least bit grateful”. They have been, very much so.

          That said, WE allowed them to take advantage of our generosity for far too long, and that’s on us.

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  9. ForGodandCountry says:

    Current spot price of gold = $1320.95/ounce

    16 ounces = 1 lb
    20 tons = 2,000 lbs x 20 = 40,000 lbs
    16 oz x $1320.95 = $21,135.20/lb

    40,000 lbs x $21,135.20 = $845,408,000

    In case anyone is curious to know how just much Maduro and the Russians stole from the Venezuela people in just this one planeload.

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  10. simicharmed says:

    Maduro is approaching “war-criminal-status” worldwide and he will have nowhere to run other than to very limited destinations.

    One way or the other, Maduro and his clan will face fatal “removal”.

    Escaping to Russia (with the gold apparently), appears to be the end-game. I see no other options for them at this point – too many Nations do not support his unconstitutional “election”.

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    • Toenail says:

      Maduro may disappear forever when he goes to Russia to claim his gold.

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    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      Ya know most of these people just do not understand Russians when making deals.

      Madura: “Can I keep all my gold in your country?”
      Russia: “Sure, we will even transport it for free”
      Madura: “Then can I stay there for a while until this blows over?”
      Russia: “No problem, We’ll give you a nice place to stay, and anything you want”

      Reporter: “So…Madura has been in Russia for six months now. How is he doing?”
      Russia: “Who?”

      Russians……not many gray areas with them…..they crack me up…

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      • simicharmed says:

        Yes it is rather funny and pathetic too. At any rate though, I say, so be it.

        Let them all “disappear” in Russia. Gold is not very nutritious for human survival when one cannot accumulate Chinese goods and live the high-life such poisoned mind(s) desires to live….

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    • Justin Green says:

      Maduro could move to New York and be safe.

      Just sayin….

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      • simicharmed says:

        He would have to be illegally smuggled there but I get your point. He would then just be another one of those “living in the shadows” we continually hear about…

        Another Dreamer who just want’s a “better life”….an so on

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  11. Paul B. says:

    The feeling I have here, so long absent under obama, is the power of the US being used as a force for good. Thank you, President Trump, for real leadership. And here’s a prayer to the Lord for the wellbeing of the longsuffering Venezuelan people.

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  12. mildtosevere says:

    What would hilda have done?

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  13. Justin Green says:

    Dear Democrat Supporters,

    We owe you an apology. We’re sorry. We’ve brought about:
    Modern medicine
    Running water
    Electricity
    Better housing (shelter)
    Automobiles
    Televisions and radios
    Telephones
    Cell phones
    Internet
    Efficiently produced food
    Theories of freedom and choice
    An end to slavery

    We’re sorry we did this. We’ve nominated Democrats to undo the damage this has caused. Through the proven miracle of socialism, Democrats will soon unto all of the evil these developments have caused. Please be patient during the transition period. You will all soon return to a Venezuelan-like existence.

    Sincerely,
    People with functioning brains

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  14. kenji says:

    Where’s the UN? In the midst of Venezuela’s horrific Humanitarian CRISIS … the UN remains silent. The UN doesn’t want ANY acknowledgement that Socialism is MURDER.

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    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      Is Venezuela polluting the air?
      How much money has Venezuela donated to the UN.

      The UN is a waste……..no words are even necessay….

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    • cripto says:

      The UN has supported Interim President Guaido and recognized the humanitarian crisis by majority vote.

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    • GB Bari says:

      President Trump has effectively “outed” the parasitic fascists, socialists and communists in the UN (most of the deadbeat member nations) by demanding all nations pay their required fair share of costs to support the organization.

      Helping to oust a fascist socialist like Maduro isn’t something about which those member nations are enthusiastic – he is to a degree just like most of them.

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  15. thegoosefish says:

    Certainly no lover of Maduro but why cant they wait for an election? Too long? This reminds me of Ukraine, where they could have just waited for the next election and thrown the bum out. Instead of a coup. Coups leave a bad taste in my mouth.

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    • thegoosefish says:

      Oh i see. 2025. Damn

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    • Sherri Young says:

      Maduro packed the supreme court. Opponents were disqualified. The election was in May. Many people boycotted the election since it was already rigged and illegitimate. Maduro won re-election. Maduro got the supreme court to declare the constitutional National Assembly to be illegitimate and set up a competing legislative branch. Juan Guaido was elected to be the president of the National Assembly. Maduro’s election was not accepted as legitimate, so his office is deemed vacant although he refuses to step down. The constitutional procedure in such case is that the president of the National Assembly becomes the interim president of the country and quickly calls for an election.

      That is basically what has happened in Venezuela.

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    • Donzo says:

      There’s something about starvation that makes people impatient.

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  16. Doug Amos says:

    Maduro is only a conduit at this point. When China and Russia are finished plundering, he will be tossed in the trash like the garbage he is. Upchuck and Knee Boots Nancy will blame President Trump; the media will lament America’s misguided leadership the United Nations will begin collecting money for the cause, none of it reaching its destination and the Venezuelans will become a footnote in history. Or, a man named Donald Trump, with a vision for their country, will make it different this time. Their great natural resources will be developed; good, honest men will control the proceeds and the people of Venezuela, too, will know life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He is the only chance they have.

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  17. Well, Russia needed to grab what was left, the 20 tons of gold, valued at approx. $845 Million. A far cry from what Russia has invested, estimated at $25 Billion.

    FTA: “… Russia will lose a total investment in the Venezuelan economy he estimated at close to $25 billion. If opposition leader Juan Guaidó — whom the United States on Wednesday recognized as interim president — gains power, Rozental said, then political and military contacts between Moscow and Caracas would be sure to decrease.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/01/24/russia-spent-billions-build-influence-venezuela-now-it-faces-bet-gone-bad/

    Hope my math is correct.
    20 tons x 2000= 40,000 lb. 40,000 lb x 16 oz/lb = 640,000 oz.
    640,000 oz x $1,320/oz = $844,800,000. Million

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  18. redmomerath says:

    If that one Russian oligarch Deripaska SD has written about has leverage over Deep State actors, and if Putin has some control over Deripaska (don’t know if this is the case?), is there a chance a contributing motivation in this hitherto peaceful coup, and the way it was carried out, was Trump punishing the Russians for deliberately failing to aid in exposing the Mueller witch hunt?

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  19. Tom Idlewood says:

    As I add things up, Russia is not the most impacted geopolitical force dealing with the Venezuelan news. As of 2014, China has loaned Venezuela $63B.
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/01/30/president-trump-calls-venezuela-interim-president-juan-guaido/comment-page-1/#comment-6639199
    Likely, the Chinese loans are $10-$15B more than that. While the loans may have been approved by the governing bodies at the time, it is inconceivable that Venezuela would continue to honor such obligations after a coup. Moveover, neither China nor Russia are in any position to project force in the Americas in order to enforce legacy indebtedness. The distance, logistics and lack of serious naval forces makes such a projection impossible. A couple of toothy nuclear capable bombers flying into town just doesn’t cut it. Both China and Russia will be getting a major haircut in the near future, brought to us by VSGPDJT. This is almost as good as learning Rod Rosenstein has been indicted for Spygate!

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  20. Sherri Young says:

    IIRC, Russia has invested in gold mines in Venezuela. Those gold bars in question may belong to them. Gold has to be stored somewhere. The vault at the central bank would be the right place.

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  21. sysconfig says:

    I like that Guido picture making him look like a visionary and saint but is just another George Washington University Hustler for the ABC agencies like Chalabbi for Iraq was..same as it ever was..

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  22. Roger Morris says:

    “Russia and China have invested billions in Venezuela to prop-up the Maduro regime.”
    While USAMO has invested even more trying to destroy it -> and Chavez before him. Talk about wall street racketeers. Smedly Butler would know EXACTLY what Elliot ‘death squad’ ABRAMS means to Venezuela and ‘democracy’ will have SFA to do with it.

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  23. Why are we involved? Leverage pure and simple. Venezuela and the corrupt influence of Cuba (which is a much more “bullet proof” country at this point) facilitate our opponents via both drugs and trade, not to mention destabilizing actions at the US border.
    It is hard to grasp how so many here that care about our US border and the wall don’t understand that even WITH a wall, there are still bad actors in the world trying to infiltrate and destabilize our country by any means. Russia, China, Cuba and Venezuela act together as needed to harm our country.

    Notice that POTUS is not sending tons of troops there; but he is acting when the time is right to support opposition to Maduro. There is a decent article on Venezuela policy in the WSJ today, if you are are a subscriber I recommend it. One of the interesting points made in the story is that this has been a long-standing policy issue for the Trump administration–POTUS was briefed on the subject on the second day of his term.

    C’mon folks, lets use common sense. Isolationism might be appealing, but it is not realistic. Just because President Trump remains engaged in the world (to very good effect for all of us via multiple resets in alliances, trade and other topics) does not mean that he is acting as a globalist.

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    • G. Combs says:

      “….Russia, China, Cuba and Venezuela act together as needed to harm our country….”

      You forgot Iran. Venezuela is the destination for Jihadists intent on infiltrating the USA. (Can you really tell the difference between someone from the middle east and someone from South America in those ‘caravans’?)

      Some of the Anons, have a map showing the routes. There is a group of Anons who closely follow plane flights and in some cases even have photos of the planes showing the ID #.

      Despite the dislike for the 17th letter here, there has been an amazing amount of GOOD research that has been spun off, LARP or not. — “ Pecunia non olet ” applies to the knowledge.

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  24. arosa2 says:

    Has Donald Trump been forced to give up ?
    —————-
    Has President Donald Trump abandoned the idea of transforming US politics ? Has he bowed to the ex-ruling class of his country ? Over the last two months, his administration seems to have restructured AfriCom, CentCom and SouthCom. The first military command of the Pentagon has apparently been authorised to join battle against Chinese projects on the African continent ; the second has been engaged to divide the Greater Middle East between Arabs and Persians ; and the third to destroy the State structures of the Caribbean Basin. These new missions are accompanied by a return of the neo-conservatives…….
    https://www.voltairenet.org/article204928.html

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  25. arosa2 says:

    I’m praying for your president that he and his team

    Wins, otherwise our globe will soon burn with light.

    The warlike globalists are still too strong, hence

    we’ve got a lot of work to do.

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  26. arosa2 says:

    ….Well, Russia needed to grab what was left, the 20 tons of gold, valued at approx. $845 Million. A far cry from what Russia has invested, estimated at $25 Billion.

    FTA: “… Russia will lose a total investment in the Venezuelan economy he estimated at close to $25 billion. If opposition leader Juan Guaidó — whom the United States on Wednesday recognized as interim president — gains power, Rozental said, then political and military contacts between Moscow and Caracas would be sure to decrease.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/01/24/russia-spent-billions-build-influence-venezuela-now-it-faces-bet-gone-bad/…..

    Russia, Russia, Russia. 😂😈😉

    Venezuela’s High Inflation is The Country’s Achilles’ Heel – Especially in Times of Crisis
    ——
    ….Swecondly, as over $1.2 billion worth of Venezuelan gold is in the Bank of England, the gold has effectively been stolen from Caracas as the authorities in the The City of London have refused to allow Venezuela to withdraw its own gold from its own deposit at the UK’s central bank…..

    https://eurasiafuture.com/2019/01/27/venezuelas-high-inflation-is-the-countrys-achilles-heel-especially-in-times-of-crisis/

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  27. this attempted coup makes trump look mendacious and weak. like saying assad used chemical weapons on his own people.

    israel laughs at its u.s. prostitute.

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    • G. Combs says:

      “…this attempted coup…”

      It is NOT a coup when Guaido is FOLLOWING the Venezuelan constitution. If anything it is tossing out the person who orchestrated a coup. (Read the comments above before posting this garbage please)

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  28. this attempted coup makes trump look mendacious and weak. like saying assad used chemical weapons on his own people.

    israel laughs at its u.s. prostitute.

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  29. this attempted coup makes trump look mendacious and weak. like saying assad used chemical weapons on his own people.

    israel laughs at its u.s. prostitute.

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  30. this attempted coup makes trump look mendacious and weak. like saying assad used chemical weapons on his own people.

    israel laughs at its u.s. prostitute.

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  31. the mechanics of the comment section here needs some help. clearly once was enough.

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  32. beachbum31 says:

    the upstart needs to purchase a few hundred cheap OTC drones and start buzzing the barracks… get the army scattering for the jungle.

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  33. CNN_sucks says:

    Where are our hollyweird chavistas? Maduro is in trouble. Why the chavista did not help their fellow travellers? Time to help out a friend.

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