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Post Johnson and Biden; Sanctions Against Venezuela
Created by John Eipper on 12/17/20 5:48 AM

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Johnson and Biden; Sanctions Against Venezuela (José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 12/17/20 5:48 am)

I will refer to three different issues in this post.

First, I have no answer to John E's question on Brexit from my last post, "Do you believe that Trump's defeat will have some leverage over Boris Johnson--namely, because the PM had hoped for 'extra-special' status with an isolationist US, but now has to play by multilateral rules?" I will limit myself to this thought:  considering that Trump openly supports Brexit, indeed it would have been very possible that Trump would have been a great ally of Johnson after the breakup. This is one more reason for me to rejoice at Trump's defeat, as everybody knows that I have always been an enthusiastic anti-Brexiter.

By the way, in relation to Trump, I have read in some media that he still has many opportunities to change the result of the elections on January 6th in Congress.  Is this still possible? Apparently there are seven rebel states with "contradictory" or duplicate lists. Is the Trump soap opera not over yet?

Finally I would like to refer to a post by Tor Guimaraes, where he mentions that the "people of Iran and Venezuela have been suffering enormously from US sanctions." I don't know about Iran, but it is a fact that I have argued and repeated on previous occasions that Trump's sanctions have actually had little effect on the people of Venezuela. The reality is that the economic crisis, shortages, devaluation, lack of credit and international financial credibility, reduction of oil production, shortage of medicine, health crisis, etc. were all unleashed long before Trump implemented his first sanctions. It is for this reason that I do not believe that there will be significant changes in the situation of the country with the change of government in the US. If--eventually--there truly is one.

JE comments:  Nacho, after the Electoral College vote on Monday, the presidential election is now definitive.  The biggest confirmation of this was the recognition by Mitch McConnell of "President-Elect" Biden. 

Happy Holidays to you!  Tell us, has the Maduro government made any official statements on the upcoming change in US administrations?

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