the American strategy stalled

The sanctions taken by Washington against the Maduro regime did not make him give up.

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Donald Trump at a multilateral meeting on Venezuela on September 25 in New York as part of the UN General Assembly.
Donald Trump at a multilateral meeting on Venezuela on September 25 in New York as part of the UN General Assembly. JONATHAN ERNST / REUTERS

Donald Trump took advantage of his participation in the UN General Assembly to chair a meeting dedicated to Venezuela on September 25th. He has endeavored to be optimistic, assuring that the United States will be "At the side of the Venezuelan people, every day, until he is finally free from this horrible and brutal oppression". "They will be free, it will happen," assured the president.

Nearly eight months after Washington's spectacular support to Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president, opponent Juan Guaido, the momentum has subsided. The wave of international rallying that followed the US decision did not shake Nicolas Maduro's regime. The latter also resisted an internal coup attempt, which was actively supported by Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, in April.

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Among the disagreements advanced to justify the dismissal of the latter, September 10, the President of the United States has just advanced the Venezuelan file. "I thought it was out of place. And I think I proved that I was right, he assured the next day. While his former advisor is considered a go-to-war, Donald Trump thought it best to add the following day on his Twitter account: "In fact, my views on Venezuela, and in particular Cuba, were much stronger than those of John Bolton. He was holding me back. "

Establishment of an "embargo"

Donald Trump showed a strong interest in Venezuela as soon as he arrived at the White House. Fernando Cutz, who worked on this issue in the National Security Council in the administration of Barack Obama, then for a few months for the next, under the authority of the second national security adviser of the Republican President, HR McMaster, confirms it.

President "Asked me what we were doing on the spot in the very first days of his presidency, He says. During Obama's second term, the situation deteriorated, but it did not reach the level we faced later, including mass demonstrations and repression. Of 2017, he adds.

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The sanctions mechanism, set in motion by the Obama administration, has been running at full throttle with Donald Trump's, successively targeting executives of the regime, the national oil company, and all the goods of the Venezuelan authorities in the United States, in a approach assimilated to the introduction of an embargo by the Wall Street Journal.


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