Grab it by the CITGO

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Well, what do you know? Venezuela’s socialist, anti-imperialist, anti-interventionist, revolutionary government —through a wholly owned intermediary— gave Donald Trump’s inauguration a yuuuuuge donation.

As this BBC story puts it:

“Venezuela has donated $500,000 to U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration, newly released records show.

Citgo Petroleum, a US-based subsidiary of the Venezuelan state-owned oil company, is named in papers filed with the Federal Election Commission.

[…]

Other major corporations named in the documents include Pepsi and Walmart, which gave $250,000 and $150,000 respectively, while owners of NFL teams or their companies gave more than $5m.

Casino owner and billionaire Sheldon Adelson also gave $5m.”

Yes, you read that right. Even El Chigüire Bipolar is serious about it.

Just check page 21 of the “Report of Donations Accepted for the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee” to see it with your own eyes.

Five-freaking-hundred-thousand-freaking-dollars. To a billionaire’s inaugural celebrations.

Do you know what could be done in Venezuela with $500k? You could supply 120,000 sutures to a hospital, for instance. Or they can be used to supply the medicines for a year cancer treatment to 25 people. You can even import about 312,500 kg of white rice. That’s enough for one meal for more than 2 million people. But I guess it’s more important for the government to get grabbed by Trump.

It’s funny to think that just 100 days ago, people in the Venezuelan government were still entertaining the thought that they might catch a break from the new administration. That may be a sign of good will here and there —a little inaugural emolument baksheesh— could ease our way into the non-interventionist new administrations’ graces.

So much for that theory.

36 COMMENTS

  1. I will repost my comment at CONATEL, Only more so with some modifications, as it is relevant.

    Many in the oppo and at Caracas Chronicles have expressed a fairly strong dislike for Donald Trump. (Is Trump like Hugo or is Trump like Maduro?) Well and good. However, oppo Venezuelans should not expect much help from those in the US who also have a fairly strong dislike for Donald Trump, as shown by this clueless comment from Dr. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC. Rachel Maddow Airs Headline Linking Venezuelan Protests to Trump, Retracts Online./

    A segment of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show displayed a chyron implying the widespread anti-socialist protests in Venezuela were actually against President Donald Trump.

    The show, which aired on Thursday, implied that a donation to Donald Trump’s inauguration of $500,000 from a subsidiary of a Venezuelan state-run oil company was a cause of recent protests.

    A headline at the bottom of the screen during a segment explaining the donation read: “Unrest in Venezuela Over Trump Donations,” without noting the growing food and medicine shortages that have occurred there as a direct result of nearly two decades of socialist mismanagement.

    During the segment, Maddow claimed, “Venezuelans are enraged anew over by this brand new FEC filing from the White House [showing]… that Venezuela’s state-run oil company somewhere found a half million dollars to donate to the very, very, very inexplicably overfunded Trump inauguration.”

    Tragedy- the current situation in Venezuela. Comedy: Dr. Rachel Maddow’s reaction to it. Dr. Rachel Maddow reminds me of an Orwell quote: “Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.”

    Many outside Venezuela see Venezuela as a place to impose their ideological templates, while knowing very little of Venezuela. The results are often absurd- as shown by Dr. Rachel Maddow.

    • What I find really sad is that what Maddow (mis)reported is not happening. Why isn’t the people actually on the streets protesting their government for gifting half a million to Donald Trump? Why it seems that Aporrea are the only leftists in Venezuela who mind?

      Chavismo has turned the Leninist excuse of “imperialism” into a mass-consumption slogan. How come the average chavista from a downtrodden parroquia, fed anti-yanki propaganda for years, can keep believing that the protests are a US-led “third generation war”, at the same time their government donates zillions of BsFs to the inauguration of a far-right POTUS?

      This reminds me of another Orwell quote, Tejano, in regards to his definition of cognitive dissonance (ie. doublethink): “To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy”

  2. This explains why the regime has been so muted towards Trump, El Aissami’s open letter notwithstanding.

    When you waste so many hours of your life arguing with Chavistas on Twitter, you realize the sheer shamelessness of the regime they’re defending. They spend hours calling the opposition “apátrida” and “aburguesada”, while not giving a damn about the lives of luxury that their PSUV rulers enjoy at their expense. Either they willingly ignore it or they simply do not mind.

    For instance, when I asked one of them why Uruguay’s Pepe Mujica lived a personal life of frugal socialism, whereas the chavista higher-ups roam around Caracas in up-armored Land Cruisers (while criticizing people like Tintori for doing the same), he out-right said that’s because Uruguay is a poor country.

    My point here is that there is no limit to the chutzpah of this ideology. And their acolytes (just like Trump’s followers) will defend the indefensible to the last breath.

  3. That was published the 17th. Ultra Chavista Rodriguez (bald-headed guy) denied it immediately. Apparently, the news was even hidden from the inner circle.

  4. This is the way of maduro of kneeling before Trump and begging him to be as nice as Clinton, Bush and Obama were with the chavista regime.

    • As the number of deaths of protesters spirals up we have, to date, from the big man with the tough talk:

      – a photo op with LLs wife
      – a symbolic executive order
      – Rex Tillerson mumbling about something

      • Don’t forget the confiscation of the thousands of millions of dollars against alsaime and his minion samark lópez the mexican boxes swindler.

          • Maybe, but 3 billion dollars are still 3 billion dollars. I prefer to burn that money rather than let those thieves enjoy it.

            The only thing that hurts to the chavista high command is their pockets, and that’s where the attacks should be aimed, no one’s claiming for that bullshit about “military intervention” which’s just a moronic lie made up by the chavistas to justify everything they do, while Venezuela is invaded and hacked to the core by Cuba.

          • Boludo, so far, Trump has done substantially more to harm the USA’s two closest, democratic friends and allies, than the Venezuelan regime.

            So if we are just looking at outcomes, $500 million from the regime looks like a pretty good investment to me, so far, whether we look at it from the perspective of oil and gas deregulation for polluters, preserving the uninterrupted flow of oil that funds the goons shooting opposition supporters in the street and invading their homes at night, or in terms of maintaining essentially normal relations with a narco dictatorship.

          • Canucklehead, recall that I once (actually more than once) quoted a flippant Quico comment: To tar Bernie supporters with the ills of the Chavez era is to show the kind of slackjawed rightwing simplemindedness that brought us…well, that brought us candidate Trump.”

            When Quico finally replied to my multiple comments regarding the above quote, he stated:
            To think, on the basis of some broad ideological kinship, that Bernie in the White House might have done anything like the damage Chávez did is to demonstrate you haven’t understood the first thing of what’s happened in Venezuela in 17 years.

            The following from Senator Sanders indicates that the Senator considered Chavezuela a model for the US to emulate: Close The Gaps: Disparities That Threaten America. Bernie informed us:
            “These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina, where incomes are actually more equal today than they are in the land of Horatio Alger. Who’s the banana republic now?”

            When Senator Sanders stated “that the American is more apt to be realized in ..places such as ..Venezuela,” that very strongly implied that Sanders saw Venezuelan policies as a model for the US to emulate. Just as Mayor Bernie considered Marxist wannabe Sandinista Nicaragua to be a model for Vermont. Surprise, surprise, surprise. As Bernie Sanders considered Chávez’s policies on inequality to be a model for the US to emulate, there is a very good possibility “that Bernie in the White House might have done anything like the damage Chávez .” Just sayin,’ Quico.

            Realizing the American dream in Chavezuela- sounds like something Mark Weisbrot or Eva Golinger could have written.

            “$500 million:” Oh yeah.

        • Trudeau appears to have felt the sting of shame (or popular opinion) when it comes to cash for access.

          I’d be interested in hearing what Venezuelans think the Liberal government should be doing. I don’t speak for it, but I pay taxes and I vote.

          • Nucklehead, you seem to speak for the USA?
            Bashing Trump at every keystroke opportunity.
            But when it comes to O’ Canada, there is O’ silence. O’ the hypocrisy
            (and if you have not learned yet – $500 million was $500 thousand contributed to Trumps inauguration- geez man, for someone who criticizes how others write here on the board !)

          • Dale, I get it. I’m sorry. You are writing in poetry. That was iambic hexameter you just pumped out. Bravo.

            Master of the alexandrine,Trump defender,
            I take this keystroke opportunity to salute
            You my friend who speaks in verse for those who write
            Broken phrases which confuse the hypocrite.

            Pretty good, eh?

          • Canuck. ooh. A fake “I’m Sorry”, fancy gibberish, and a backhanded slap. All this on top of name calling, and righteousness. But you are correct on one item – I am White. (why that was an important jab, I do not know). I am not a nationalist, not a Troll, not a Trump defender (did NOT vote for him). But hell, just continue to label those that do not agree with you, and type ad hominem attacks, instead of discussing issues and sharing info. Seems that, that is one thing you are good at.

          • Dale, my substantive point is, and you can feel free to comment, I don’t see the Trump administration doing anything of substance in response to a rapidly escalating situation, which would seem to me to justify the outpouring of funds they got from Venezuela.

            Then two children jumped in, apparently offended by something I said about Trump not doing anything meaningful as people get shot. And you made a comment which at first blush was a word salad but on closer inspection was I kid you not, and you can Google it, written in alexandrine verse.

  5. Nothing so far explains what and why the $500K. The Rosneft deal is old story and will not materialize. How do I know this? C’mon folks, anyone really believe we are going to let the Ruskies at it? Remember Sequoia
    Voting Systems? I know Gustavo Coronel does! Gustavo was key to blowing that deal apart and Lou Dobbs invited him to do so.

    The Ruskies hedged their bets and positioned themselves best they could prior to the US presidential election. The Citgo loan was just one component of a multifaceted strategy.

    They knew that getting access to US markets a long shot and that became obvious early on. Their red counterparts saw this too and started to make contingencies. Enter Delcy and the $500K. Delcy flew to DC for three days to square plan B which included two days of secret NSC meetings on Feb 8-9. These meetings where leaked to the media:

    https://m.mic.com/articles/174867/trump-inauguration-donor-wadie-habboush-white-house-nsc-meeting#.cfCEr4ZzZ

    https://m.mic.com/articles/172936/trump-tied-businessmen-met-nsc-officials-bannon-over-venezuela-sanctions-sources-say#.BR9Jew2a5

    Key are the Habboush duo. No angels with a history of ‘Derwick’ type projects in Iraq and Turkey. No strangers to the big leagues. Ambitious and reckless.

    Also in the mix the billionaire Gentry Beach. Why do you need him for? To buy fucking Citgo

    Plan B had the Habboush’s buying Citgo with Gentry money. Of course all had to be forgotten and forgiven.

    Word is that Samark Lopez involved with the half a million. Whose half a million? (See links above, there’s another $500k unnacounted). The same Samark recently designated alongside TEA, the same Samark who financed the Snowden movie (via Frenchie) to the tune of $40M (they lost money).

    Explain this to me.

  6. I see/feel a problem with Habboush half a million. Something tells me this is rojo rojito money from cocaine and the Habboush’s currently target of secret high level investigation. My sources clammed up…This may mean active investigation underway. I looked into the Habboush’s and my findings about past ventures and current situation draws into question this Devil’s payment of $666K. A lot of coin to be tossing for two unethical meetings with NSC. Huele a azufre!

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