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Pompeo Continues Trump Admin Stance of Tough Talk Toward Russia

Pompeo Continues Trump Admin Stance of Tough Talk Toward Russia

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The Trump administration is maintaining its tough stance towards Russia, despite prevalent legacy media narratives still determined to push the RussiaGate hoax on the American people.

This time, the White House is condemning Russia’s actions in Venezuela.

Last weekend, Russia sent a plane of troops commanded by General Vasily Tonkoshkurov to Caracas. Additionally, new satellite images revealed how S-300 air defense missile systems were deployed at an airbase south of Caracas, adding more fuel to the current geopolitical tensions in Venezuela.

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Russia’s deployment of troops along with an alleged 35 tons of cargo has caused US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to denounce Russia’s recent actions. Pompeo urged Russia to “cease its unconstructive behavior”.

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Reuters reports that Pompeo delivered this message directly through a phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. State Department spokesman Robert Palladino detailed what took place in this phone call:

The secretary told Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov that the United States and regional countries will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela.

Palladino then detailed that Pompeo specifically singled Russia out for its military support for the “illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro.”

The socialist country’s economic collapse has received considerable coverage internationally in the past few months. With the latest presidential crisis emerging in Venezuela, the U.S. has taken a tougher stance on the socialist country, as evidenced by national security advisor John Bolton’s increasingly tougher rhetoric and new sanctions on Venezuela.

Some commentators like Bonnie Kristian argue that “This is a humanitarian crisis, not a security threat.” Kristian also added that “American military might is not the solution to Venezuela’s woes, and even calling for this sort of intervention may exacerbate an already horrifying situation.”

Despite two years of media accusations of the Trump Administration colluding with Russia, the Trump administration’s latest actions in Venezuela show that they are maintaining their tough stance against the global superpower.

In fact,  a few weeks ago, the Trump administration sanctioned numerous Russian officials and companies for their military activities in Ukraine.

No matter what the media say, it appears the Trump administration is maintaining the D.C. foreign policy consensus on countering Russian foreign policy interests wherever it can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MORE BLOOD: 19 Killed in Mexican Gun Fight Connected to El Chapo’s Cartel

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Last weekend, a gun fight between Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s former drug cartel and a rival cartel resulted in the deaths of 19 people in northern Mexico.

The encounter started late on April 3, 2020 when cartel members connected to El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel were caught in a gun fight with drug traffickers from the Juarez cartel and other criminal syndicates in the state of Chihuahua, according to Mexican police reports.

The following day, authorities discovered 18 bodies at the scene of the violent exchange in the town of Madera. Another man that was wounded died shortly in a hospital, according to law enforcement sources.

Mexican soldiers were sent to the area and discovered several weapons, which included two grenades.

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Back in January 2019, a Brooklyn federal judge sentenced El Chapo to life in prison.

Since El Chapo’s sentence, there has been an enormous power vacuum in Mexico’s Drug War, as numerous cartels vie for power after El Chapo left the picture.

Mexico’s government has proven to be incompetent on the matter of public security so cartels will continue to have their way in the country.

For that reason, the U.S. should proactively seal off its border and restrict migration from Mexico.

Not taking action on border security will only leave America susceptible to Mexico’s problems, which will only spillover to the U.S. if the borders remain porous.

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