In a move largely viewed as Cold War era saber rattling, Vice President Mike Pence has declared that the recent deployment of Russian troops in Venezuela was “an unwelcome provocation.” Pence even went so far as to demand that Russia cut off all talks with Maduro.
According to Bloomberg, Pence made this proclamation prior to President Donald Trump’s talk with Fabiana Rosales, Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido’s wife.
Reuters revealed that Trump said “Russia has to get out” of Venezuela in reference to the superpower’s involvement in the country.
Trump even stated that “all options are open” in putting a halt to Russian involvement in Venezuela.
On Saturday, Russian military aircraft landed outside of Caracas with about 100 Russian military personnel. According to the U.S. government, this deployment was made up of special forces and cybersecurity personnel.
According to the Associated Press, Russia has confirmed the landing of military forces.
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the Russian troops deployed in Venezuela were sent “in strict accordance” with to the Venezuelan constitution and the military agreement in place between the two countries.
Such an alliance has been met with fierce criticism from the Trump administration.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described Russia’s latest military deployment in Venezuela as “unconstructive”.
As tensions mount in Venezuela, the U.S. will likely pursue more sanctions on the socialist country.
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Democrat Congressman Dismisses Low Black Unemployment under Trump
Even with Black unemployment at its lowest rate in nearly 50 years under the Trump administration’s watch, South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn dismissed these numbers.
Clyburn said these numbers are “not true” because Blacks “were fully employed during slavery.” So, “it all depends on how you measure” it, he asserted.
On Fox News’s Your World With Neil Cavuto, host Neil Cavuto chatted with Clyburn about the Trump economy. Clyburn asked whether the president’s policies are beneficial to Black Americans.
“Let’s leave the words aside,” stated Cavuto. “Whether you like his [Trump’s] style or not, or tweets or not, or comments or not, he’s delivered the goods for a lot of African-Americans has he not? With record-low unemployment levels for one group or another. Among Africa-Americans, you don’t think that’s something constructive?”
Clyburn, who voted to impeach Trump back in December, said, “Come on, Neil. No, no, it’s not true. I’m saying that the African-American unemployment is not the lowest it’s ever been unless you count slavery.”
“We were fully employed during slavery,” claimed Clyburn. “So it all depends on how you measure this up.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the national unemployment rate for African American workers, 16 years and older, was 5.4% in August 2019. Michael W. Chapman of CNS New said this was the lowest rate in recorded history.
The BLS data for African American begins in 1972, almost 50 years ago. According to a chart that Chapman posted, the unemployment rate numbers from July through December 2019 were in the 5’s range — 5.9, 5.4, 5.5, 5.5, 5.6 and 5.9. In January 2020, the rate was 6.0 percent.
Clearly Democrat elected officials are in denial about Trump’s economic success.
However, if the Trump administration wants to win black votes, it will need to push immigration restriction given how unskilled labor tends to displace black labor.
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