Friday, 20 September, 2019

Trump Suggests Naval Blockade of Venezuela, Pentagon Notes Impracticality

Venezuela US Talks AP Exclusive: U.S. talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss
Patty Aguilar | 22 August, 2019, 22:38

Trump backed regime change in Venezuela at the start of the year, and continues to insist that the opposition is the rightful government, even though in practice, that has not actually happened. "But Cuba is an island and Venezuela is a massive coastline".

Officials from the two countries had not previously confirmed contact until earlier Tuesday, when Trump told journalists at the White House his administration had been in talks "at a very high level" with various representatives from Venezuela but declined to give details. "It would need massive, massive amounts of resources; probably more than the U.S. Navy can provide".

Background: The U.S. campaign to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from office has thus far failed despite gradually increasing sanctions against the government and state-run oil company Petroleos de Venezuela.

In January, Maduro broke diplomatic relations with the United States.

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The official says Diosdado Cabello, who is considered the most powerful man in Venezuela after Maduro, met last month in Caracas with someone who is in close contact with the Trump administration.

President Donald Trump has suggested national security officials that the USA station Navy ships along the Venezuelan coastline to prevent goods from coming in and out of the country, Axios reported.

According to Axios, citing sources, the Trump administration reportedly views Cabello as an important power broker, and some officials claim that the Venezuelan opposition's April uprising would have allegedly succeeded if Cabello had been involved.

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