{"176130":{"id":"176130","parent":"0","time":"1593449723","url":"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2020\/06\/29\/trump-used-looted-venezuelan-public-money-build-border-wall-with-mexico\/","category":"USA","title":"Trump Used Looted Venezuelan Public Money to Build Border Wall With Mexico","image":"","hub":"newsnet","url-explicit":"trump-used-looted-venezuelan-public-money-to-build-border-wall-with-mexico","admin":"newsnet","views":"42","priority":"3","length":"6843","lang":"en","content":"\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003E\u003Ci\u003EAround $24 billion of Venezuelan public money was looted by the US government, and the Trump administration has used at least $601 million of it to construct a militarized wall on the US-Mexico border.\u003C\/i\u003E\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ci\u003EBen NORTON\u003C\/i\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ESince the United States initiated a \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/thegrayzone.com\/2019\/01\/29\/the-making-of-juan-guaido-how-the-us-regime-change-laboratory-created-venezuelas-coup-leader\"\u003Ecoup attempt\u003C\/a\u003E against Venezuela's elected leftist government in January 2019, an estimated $24 billion worth of Venezuelan public assets have been stolen by Washington and member states of the European Union.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EPresident Donald Trump's administration has used at least $601 million of that looted Venezuelan money to fund construction of its border wall with Mexico, according to government documents first reviewed by Univision.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EDuring his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump insisted countless times that he would \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.nytimes.com\/2019\/01\/11\/us\/politics\/trump-mexico-pay-wall.html\"\u003Emake Mexico pay\u003C\/a\u003E\" to build a gargantuan wall covering all of the roughly 2,000 miles (3,145 kilometers) of its northern border.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EUnable to force Mexico to fund his \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.washingtonpost.com\/national\/long-term-maintenance-for-trumps-border-wall-could-cost-billions-but-government-isnt-saying\/2020\/02\/05\/8c9f3cfc-2e49-11ea-bcd4-24597950008f_story.html\"\u003E$18 billion pet project\u003C\/a\u003E, which has already cost an estimated \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.washingtonpost.com\/graphics\/2020\/national\/immigration\/border-wall-progress\"\u003E$30 million per mile\u003C\/a\u003E in southern Texas, Trump has turned to other questionable sources of financing.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.univision.com\/univision-news\/latin-america\/legal-battle-over-venezuelas-looted-billions-heats-up\"\u003EUnivision reviewed US congressional records\u003C\/a\u003E and court documents and found that the Trump administration tapped into $601 million of the Treasury Department's \"forfeiture fund\" to supplement the wall construction.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe United States has seized at least $1 billion of Venezuelan public funds that Washington in turn claimed were supposedly being stolen by government officials, according to Univision. This is in addition to the billions more worth of Venezuelan state assets that have been illegally taken over by the Trump administration, the most important of which is Caracas' crown jewel, the \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/thegrayzone.com\/2019\/09\/03\/the-citgo-conspiracy-opposition-figures-accuse-guaido-officials-of-scam-to-liquidate-venezuelas-most-prized-international-asset\"\u003Eoil refinery Citgo\u003C\/a\u003E.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\"None of that money... has been returned to the Venezuelan people,\" Univision reported. \"Instead, most of the money is being collected by the U.S. Justice and Treasury Departments and held in special forfeiture funds used mostly to fund law enforcement investigations.\"\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003ERight-wing opposition upset Trump didn't give Guaid\u00f3 gang all stolen Venezuelan money\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe Trump corruption scandal has been almost entirely ignored by mainstream corporate media outlets. Univision buried its own scoop deep in a report that advanced the talking points of Venezuela's US-backed right-wing opposition and reffered to the elected government of \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/thegrayzone.com\/2019\/08\/06\/interview-venezuelan-president-nicolas-maduro\"\u003EPresident Nicol\u00e1s Maduro\u003C\/a\u003E as a \"widely repudiated regime.\"\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EUnivision, the largest corporate media network in the United States that focuses on Latino issues, is owned by \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.latimes.com\/business\/hollywood\/la-fi-ct-univision-for-sale-haim-saban-20190715-story.html\"\u003Ebillionaire-controlled private equity firms\u003C\/a\u003E, one of the most prominent of whom is the Israeli-American oligarch Haim Saban.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EBased in Miami, the de facto capital of the Latin American right, this massive media conglomerate acts as a mouthpiece for conservative forces and corporate interests across Central and South America.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe Univision article, titled \"\u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/archive.fo\/NlUzY\"\u003ELegal battle over Venezuela's looted billions heats up\u003C\/a\u003E,\" refers to unelected US-appointed coup leader Juan Guaid\u00f3 as the leader of the country's supposed \"interim government.\"\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EUnivision also absolved the US and European countries of stealing billions of dollars of Venezuelan public money, justifying the theft with allegations of Venezuelan government corruption.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EHowever, the fact that the report saw the light of day reflects a growing schism between supporters of the Venezuelan opposition and their imperial patrons in Washington. Univision was clearly upset that the Trump administration had not given the self-declared \"Guaid\u00f3 government\" the money that it stole from Caracas.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\"However, when it comes to who gets to keep the money from those looted assets, the U.S. appears unwilling to relinquish the cash,\" Univision wrote in frustration.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003EThe Guaid\u00f3 gang's blatant corruption\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EWhat Univision did not mention in the report was that the Juan Guaid\u00f3 coup administration had already been exposed for numerous acts of corruption.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ETop Guaid\u00f3 operatives spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of supposed \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/thegrayzone.com\/2019\/06\/17\/from-coup-leaders-to-con-artistry-juan-guaidos-gang-exposed-for-massive-humanitarian-aid-fraud\"\u003E\"humanitarian aid\" money on fancy hotels, nightclubs, dinners, and clothes\u003C\/a\u003E during a US-led \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/thegrayzone.com\/2019\/02\/24\/burning-aid-colombia-venezuela-bridge\"\u003Ecoup attempt on the Colombia-Venezuela border\u003C\/a\u003E in February 2019.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/thegrayzone.com\/2019\/09\/29\/venezuelan-opposition-corruption-citgo-crystallex\"\u003EThe Grayzone's Anya Parampil\u003C\/a\u003E also exposed how \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/thegrayzone.com\/2019\/09\/03\/the-citgo-conspiracy-opposition-figures-accuse-guaido-officials-of-scam-to-liquidate-venezuelas-most-prized-international-asset\"\u003EGuaid\u00f3 allies oversaw a scam to liquidate Citgo\u003C\/a\u003E, Venezuela's most valuable foreign asset, essentially selling it off to North American corporations.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EAs for the billions of dollars of Venezuelan public assets stolen by Western governments, there is no sign of that money ever being returned to the Venezuelan people.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIn his new book \"The Room Where It Happened,\" former Trump administration national security advisor John Bolton boasted that the British government \"was delighted to cooperate on steps they could take\" to assist in Washington's coup efforts, \"for example freezing Venezuelan gold deposits in the Bank of England, so the regime could not sell the gold to keep itself going.\"\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe Bank of England still holds approximately \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.theguardian.com\/world\/2020\/jun\/25\/uk-high-court-hears-claims-boe-unlawfully-blocks-venezuelan-gold\"\u003E$1 billion of gold\u003C\/a\u003E that it stole from the Venezuelan government, and has refused to give it back.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"twit track\" id=\"1274439966790164482\"\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"nbp\"\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_card_jaarreaza_');\" class=\"popbt\" title=\"@jaarreaza\"\u003EJorge Arreaza M\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/jaarreaza\/status\/1274439966790164482\" class=\"small\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 20\/06\/2020 22:32:20\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1274439966790164482_rpl');\" title=\"answers\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-dialog\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"fav1274439966790164482\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-heart\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E1239\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"rtw1274439966790164482\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-repost\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E1350\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-users\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 1672936\/8956\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('1274439966790164482_app___twit_recache_1274439966790164482');\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-reload\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"tog_jb('yndtwt90164482_yandex,calltw___1274439966790164482_fr-en','yndtwt90164482_twit,playtxt___1274439966790164482','bt289097')\" id=\"bt289097\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-language\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca href=\"plug\/twit\/1274439966790164482\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"panel\"\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"yndtwt90164482\"\u003EAccording to Trump's former National Security Advisor, UK's Foreign Minister was happy to cooperate with the US in applying pressure to Venezuela by freezing our gold deposits in the Bank of England. Evidence showing Venezuela is being illegally robbed keeps surfacing. \u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/thegrayzone.com\/2020\/06\/29\/trump-stolen-venezuelan-money-border-wall-mexico\"\u003Ethegrayzone.com\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2020\/06\/29\/trump-used-looted-venezuelan-public-money-build-border-wall-with-mexico\/\"\u003Estrategic-culture.org\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E"}}