Inside Trump's obsession with a naval blockade of Venezuela

21 Août, 2019, 03:31 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Venezuela US Talks

The report on Trump's interest in adding a naval blockade to the many sanctions adopted by his administration against Venezuela appears after the president ordered on August 6 to bloc all assets and interests owned by the Venezuelan government under United States jurisdiction. "But Cuba is an island and Venezuela is a massive coastline". And Cuba we knew what we were trying to prevent from getting in.

In private, Trump has expressed himself more vividly, these current and former officials say.

Mr Cabello met a United States intermediary in Caracas in July and a second meeting is planned, the official told the Associated Press. The office of the Venezuelan prosecutor general requested 18 arrest warrants to be issued in connection with the coup attempt.

The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Venezuelan socialist boss Diosdado Cabello, an alleged drug kingpin and the second most powerful person in Venezuela, after President Nicolás Maduro, The Associated Press reported late Sunday, citing a senior U.S. administration official.

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It's not clear if Maduro knows of and/or has endorsed such talks between Cabello and a contact linked to the US administration, the AP says.

Cabello, 56, met with a US -backed envoy in Caracas last month, the official said, though it isn't clear if Cabello is acting on Maduro's behalf or, as the official suggested, negotiating safety guarantees if he helps topple Maduro.

According to OPEC's secondary sources-the ones the cartel considers the official production figures-Venezuela's crude oil production in July 2019 dropped by 32,000 bpd from June to 742,000 bpd.

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