There’s a useful round-up of some of the charges building up against El Trumpo in Counterpunch here: https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/02/12/will-trump-resign-before-the-2020-election/ It looks to me like the possibility of the creep getting to a second term is looking ever less likely, although the precise means of his defenestration are not yet clear. However, with multiple investigations pending in Congress, the pressure will only mount. So it’s watch out Venezuela – a major foreign distraction is being prepared. As I write the BBC Ten O’clock News is running an interview with President Maduro, or as their reporter described him ‘Venezuela’s other president.’ Interspersed with the interview are scenes of poor people eating food taken from garbage – making the point that Venezuelans are desperately hungry. The pictures rather undermine the storyline – who are these Venezuelans who can afford to throw away food?
So the screws are being turned with more U.S. sanctions on the way and the country’s foreign assets being frozen. I don’t suppose the latter measure is designed to reduce Venezuela’s inflation? If Maduro is genuine in offering talks with the opposition they should take up the offer. In the meantime, Maduro should keep a wary eye on what the serious U.S. press is revealing about El Trumpo’s business affairs. That may set the timetable for an invasion.
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