[News] Venezuela - The KKK in White House Doesn't Want Talks, They Want Violence

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Tue Aug 6 18:27:25 EDT 2019


  'The KKK in White House Doesn't Want Talks, They Want Violence':
  President Maduro

August 6, 2019

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro sat down with Grayzone journalist 
Max Blumenthal in an interview published Monday. where he asked the 
president about a number of issues, ranging from the devastating effects 
of U.S. sanctions, while touching on some of the challenges facing the 
Bolivarian revolution, both from the U.S. and within its own ranks.

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Blumenthal brought up the two major international conferences held in 
Caracas recently, the ministerial meeting of the Non-aligned Movement, 
and the Sao Paolo Forum.

President Maduro pointed about how these two meetings with 
representatives from around the world has been crucial in building 
solidarity with Venezuela at a time when the U.S. is attempting to 
isolate the country, saying “We received great support against the 
aggressive measures, sanctions and blockade by the government of the 
United States against Venezuela, we received great solidarity, I believe 
it has been very successful from a diplomatic perspective.”

Maduro also pointed out the important roles these forums played in 
developing international policy. Both discussed solutions to urgent 
issues such as climate change, the role of the forums took on 
importance with the US administration withdrawing from such agreements, 
“as you know climate change affects every region of the world, but 
Donald Trump refuses to recognize it.” Whether on climate change, or 
other issues, the Venezuelan president said the success of these 
meetings shows that  “Venezuela is a meeting place for dreaming about 
the future”.

      *Sanctions *

The interview then turned into a discussion of the brutal sanctions 
faced by the Bolivarian nation. “Experts call this unconventional war, 
it is an economic and financial war, The U.S. government persecutes us 
so that we can’t buy medicine so that they can't buy food, not even 
supplies or basic commodities so that we cannot buy anything around the 
world,” said President Maduro.

Maduro also pointed out that deposits of gold reserves in central banks 
have special immunity under international agreements, yet “the U.S. 
government, colluding with the British government have stolen over a 
billion worth of our gold [held in the Bank of England]”

“Donald Trump, John Bolton, the KKK extremists who govern the U.S. today 
.. like the KKK who attacked the home of civil rights activists, they 
are now attacking our home, Venezuela.”

The sanctions on CLAP, Venezuela’s food relief distribution system were 
also discussed, with Blumenthal raising concerns about the devastating 
effect this could have since the program serves around 80 percent of the 
country’s population.

The Venezuelan head of state struck a defiant tone, saying that ensuring 
the viability of the CLAP was a priority, and that “whether there's 
rain, thunder or lightning, the CLAP will continue and we will continue 
serving those 6 million households...with production and work we will 
defeat the criminal plan carried out by Donald Trump, John Bolton and 
the KKK that governs the White House.”

      *Assassination attempt, 1 year on*

When asked about the sequence of events that culminated in the attempted 
coup, President Maduro spoke about the 1 year anniversary of the 
assassination attempt against him, and the evidence his government had 

“I have proof that the assassination attempt was ordered by John 
Bolton,” he said detailing information arising from the arrest of those 
involved within Venezuela who had uncovered how John Bolton and former 
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos had colluded and assigned the 
operation to Venezuelan opposition figure Julio Borges. The president 
added that he could not point finger at Trump, because there isn't 
yet evidence for that, but that the involvement of John Bolton is clear.

“What was going through my head at the time? I was focused on the speech 
I was giving, I didn't think it was an assassination attempt, after my 
security personnel protected me, and the second drone exploded, that's 
when I realized it was an assassination attempt, at the time I was 
worried about the safety and life of the families there, of the soldiers 

      *Challenges for the revolution*

As the interview came to a close, Blumenthal asked the Venezuelan 
leader to speak about some of the challenges ahead, especially the issue 
of corruption and the ongoing peace negotiations.

The Grayzone journalist asked about corruption and concerns held among 
Chavistas that some public officials are harming the revolution through 

President Maduro said clearly that any corruption is harmful to the 
Bolivarian revolution. The president also opened up about the corruption 
of former Minister Rafael Ramirez, a former ally who fled the country 
when evidence of embezzlement came to light.

Maduro now calls him a ‘mafioso’, saying that the events had hurt him 
deeply because Ramirez had been with the revolution, “Chavez trusted 
him, and he mocked and betrayed Chavez’ trust”, “now he lives in a 
massive palace in Italy, protected by the U.S. government.”

On the issue of the peace negotiations, the president reminded viewers 
of the failure of the last round of talks, in which both sides were 
ready to sign an agreement, but that it broke down at the last minute as 
the then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ordered the opposition to pull 
out. He reiterated his government's commitment to making the talks a 
success, but feared that the U.S. would attempt to sabotage the talks 
once, as at each phase of the dialogue they impose “brutal sanctions, 
full of hate...the KKK that govern the White House don't want dialogue, 
they want violence”

/Watch the full interview here:

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