The Treasury Department issued an official document dated Feb. 2, authorizing “certain local operations necessary for the functioning of ports and airports” in Venezuela, which had been previously suspended by former President Donald Trump. The Biden administration softened the U.S.’s position on Maduro’s dictatorial regime by granting facilities for its development.

Former President Trump had always been very clear about his anti-communist policy and anti-totalitarian regimes such as that of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela. From the beginning of his mandate he denied the legality of his authority and implemented a large number of measures that helped to weaken the Venezuelan communist economic system, through which a small caste of military close to the government enriched itself, while the population sank into deep poverty.

Trump sanctions on Venezuela

Trump, issued executive order number 13884 on Aug. 5, 2019, where he imposed a freeze on all Venezuelan government assets in the United States, the sanctions were part of a broader campaign by the Trump administration to overthrow Venezuelan dictator Maduro.

The executive order in addition to freezing Venezuelan assets, prohibited U.S. companies from engaging in business dealings with the Venezuelan government.

“All property and interests in property of the Government of Venezuela held in the United States are blocked and may not be transferred, paid for, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in,” the order read.

The measure implemented by Biden on Feb. 2, less than two weeks after taking office as president of the United States, aims at relaxing the strict measures implemented by Trump, which were so efficient in weakening the leftist forces in Venezuela. 

The Treasury’s public statement of Feb. 2 enables the “transactions and activities that had been prohibited in Executive Order 13850.”

The measures implemented by the Biden administration in relation to Venezuela somewhat confused the international community. On the one hand, State Department spokesman Ned Price announced that the Biden administration on Wednesday reaffirmed U.S. recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the legitimate president of Venezuela. 

But on the other hand, the administration allowed the relaxation of the demands and difficulties imposed by Trump to weaken the socialist economy.

The contradictions in the actions of the Biden administration beg the question, what is the sense of recognizing President Guaidó in speeches, if in actions he is playing in favor of the socialist economy of his country, dominated by the dictator Maduro.

Price assured that he will fight for the democracy of the Venezuelan people, however the first policy Democrats implement is the relaxation of the rules that precisely blocked the economic system that works as a source of power of the dictator, Maduro.

The affinity of President Biden and his associates with the left is well known, as well as the shared agenda they have on economic globalism and the ideals of social equality. It was therefore to be expected that in his long-term actions he would seek to benefit leftist economies such as those of Maduro and the Chinese Communist Party. What was perhaps unimaginable is that this action would manifest itself only a few days after taking office. 


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