Trump to Increase Regime Change Effort in Venezuela
By Jake Morphonios
February 6, 2020
Following the obscene promotion of CIA-puppet Juan Guaido at the 2020 State of the Union address, President Trump has increased pressure against the legitimate president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro. The administration has issued new warnings to oil corporations that are still doing business with the Venezuelan government in defiance of Trump's economic siege of the country.
Speaking to reporters, a senior White House official emphasized that the Trump administration continues to engage in a "maximum pressure campaign" to bring Venezuela to its knees.
Referring to Russia's mammoth energy corporation, Rosneft, the official said:
“Everything is an option as regards creating pressure, whether it’s towards Russian entities that are supporting Maduro or others. So, absolutely, [sanctions] remains on the table."
He added, "we're halfway through our maximum pressure campaign." The official said that every company, including US corporations, must "tread cautiously towards their activities that are in support, directly, or indirectly, of the Maduro dictatorship". The official specifically mentioned Chevron in his warning.
The concern for companies like Rosneft and Chevron is that during the last few years of harsh sanctions against Venezuela, they have emerged as the main business partners of Venezuela's national oil corporation, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., or PDVSA. These foreign oil corporations share Venezuelan oil fields with PDVSA. Rosneft, in particular, acts as PDVSA's primary intermediary, facilitating Venezuelan oil into Asia.
The White House official said that when Juan Guaido returns to Venezuela from the United States, if he encounters any harm [in the course of his role in the ongoing CIA coup effort], Venezuela "will have very significant consequences."
However, in sign that the Trump administration intends to impose significant consequences no matter what happens, the senior official said that the US government would be initiating additional "impactful measures" within the month to increase pressure to cripple Venezuela.
It seems that the plans of John Bolton and the neocons don't require Bolton himself to be in the White House - not when they have a willing puppet like President Donald Trump to carry on the illegal regime change operation.