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Abrams criticizes Biden for “softening” sanctions

The former adviser describes President Biden's policy towards Venezuela as wrong

Former White House adviser Elliott Abrams rejected US President Joe Biden's policy towards Venezuela and described having "softened" the sanctions imposed as a mistake.

In his opinion, “it was a very bad bet to loosen the sanctions based on the hope that Nicolás Maduro would allow a political opening in Venezuela. That should mean that there will be no repetition of this mistake, giving benefits to Maduro for free, before any action on his part, ”he stressed.

He also commented that the dialogue "also seems to be dead, while Juan Guaidó as 'interim president' was taken into exile," he said while ignoring that Guaidó left illegally for Colombia and then for the United States.

In the same way, he affirmed that before giving more concessions to President Maduro, the Biden administration is responsible for trying to "rebuild the international coalition that supported freedom in Venezuela", requesting to tighten the blockade against the country that affected the health and lives of Venezuelans. .

He indicated that the modification of Chevron's licenses to export Venezuelan crude is another of the Biden administration's failures with respect to the Maduro government.

"Washington's decision at the end of 2022 to allow Chevron to take a more hands-on approach to boosting its production and exports in Venezuela has helped the Caribbean country increase both," he said. Such statements were published by the US magazine Council on Foreign Relations.

Abrams is remembered in South America and the Middle East for the military interventions he has promoted in countries in those regions.

In the 1980s, Abrams supported US-backed dictators in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras in their campaigns of repression, including death squads.

For his part, former President Trump also thought about attacking Venezuela. In the book The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, by former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, it is claimed that Trump once told McCabe that "that's the country against whom we should go to war (Venezuela). They have all that oil and it's right at our back door." According to McCabe, these comments occurred in 2017, raising concern about Trump's intentions.

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