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        <h1 class="reader-title">'The KKK in White House Doesn't Want
          Talks, They Want Violence': President Maduro</h1>
        August 6, 2019</div>
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              <p>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. </p>
              <blockquote>
                <p><strong>RELATED: </strong></p>
                <p><a
href="https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Arreaza-US-Total-Blockade-Will-Make-People-Suffer-But-Wont-Break-Venezuela-20190806-0014.html"
                    target="_blank"><em><strong>Arreaza: US Total
                        Blockade Will Make People Suffer But Won't Break
                        Venezuela</strong></em></a></p>
              </blockquote>
              <h4><strong>Breaking out of U.S.-imposed isolation</strong></h4>
              <p>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. </p>
              <p>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.” </p>
              <p>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”.</p>
              <h3><strong>Sanctions </strong></h3>
              <p>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.</p>
              <p>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]”</p>
              <p>“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.”</p>
              <p>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.</p>
              <p>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.”</p>
              <h3><strong>Assassination attempt, 1 year on</strong></h3>
              <p>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 uncovered.</p>
              <p>“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.</p>
              <p>“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 there.”</p>
              <h3><strong>Challenges for the revolution</strong></h3>
              <p>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. </p>
              <p>The Grayzone journalist asked about corruption and
                concerns held among Chavistas that some public officials
                are harming the revolution through corruption.</p>
              <p>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. </p>
              <p>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.” </p>
              <p>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”</p>
              <p><em>Watch the full interview here: <br>
<a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c93l9ddyI7I&feature=youtu.be">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c93l9ddyI7I&feature=youtu.be</a><br>
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