U.S. mulls how to shield Caribbean if Venezuelan oil is embargoed

Feb 09, 2018, 01:55
U.S. mulls how to shield Caribbean if Venezuelan oil is embargoed

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Fox News on Tuesday that Russian Federation is already trying to meddle in the 2018 USA midterm elections.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica chose not to take a position on the controversial United Nations (UN) General Assembly's vote late previous year on a resolution to condemn the United States decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to establish an embassy there.

Warner, who has co-led the Senate inquiry into Russian influence on the election, has been an outspoken critic of Trump's attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed in 2017 to investigate alleged Trump-Russia ties.

"I don't think that President Trump is referring to Colombia, because Colombia is not laughing at the US", President Juan Manuel Santos said at a joint news conference with Tillerson. We can take steps to prevent it, but this is something that, once they decide they are going to do it, it's very hard to preempt it. "Obviously it will be the president who decides", said Tillerson, who was chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp before joining the government.

A ban on the sale of oil from Venezuela to the United States is something that needs to be considered, the U.S. Secretary of State said. The U.S. sends light crude oil to Venezuela, which has heavy crude.

Questioned whether Jamaica would support the United States position by boycotting Venezuelan oil, Holness responded that Jamaica does not now import the fuel from Venezuela and suggested the U.S. could be a new source. I want to stop the aid.

Expected to remain on the Caribbean island for only three-hours before heading back to Washington, he is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Andrew Holness where the two will hold bilateral talks on national security and other matters.

Targeting Venezuelan oil carries risk for the United States.

Despite its vast oil reserves, the country of 31 million people is suffering from hyperinflation plus severe shortages of food and medicine.

"The US will continue to put pressure on the (President Nicolas) Maduro regime to return its country to fee, open and democratic elections".

“We now don't hardly import oil from Venezuela, ” Holness said alongside Tillerson in Kingston. "This threat existed long before President Trump took office, and unless he takes action now, it will continue long after his administration".

"They are supporting the Assad regime, they are providing the air cover for the regime", Tillerson said. "One of the ways that you convince a foreign power like Russian Federation not to manipulate elections again is to make it clear to them that they will pay a cost, that there are consequences".