As U.S. officials issue signals on how President Biden’s relationship with Nicolás Maduro’s regime will be, new statements reveal that the Democratic administration would be willing to sponsor a new negotiation between Chavismo and the opposition, despite all failed attempts.
The U.S. National Security Advisor for the Western Hemisphere, Juan González, assured in an interview with journalist Patricia Janiot that “unlike the previous administration” of Donald Trump, the approach that the Biden administration will take with respect to Venezuela “is going to be a bipartisan policy” and they also plan to “restore a multilateral coalition in favor of a democratic solution to the current crisis.”
Although González admitted that “Maduro has used the dialogue to delay and put members of the opposition in prison”, he also pointed out that “we have to push the regime to sit down with the opposition to negotiate a way out.”
Biden’s official said that he will seek “to form a consensus among the entire international community to increase the pressure, to ensure that those who are stealing billions from Venezuela do not find refuge anywhere in the world.”
He also stressed that there are no plans to lift sanctions against officials and some institutions of the Maduro regime, as this is not a priority for President Biden.
During the electoral campaign, Joe Biden’s advisors revealed that he would dismantle all the policies towards Latin America undertaken by the Trump’s administration, to the point of being willing to normalize relations with the Cuban regime and negotiate with Maduro’s tyranny.
Although Maduro remains in power, the Trump Administration managed to reduce his margin of maneuver little by little to suffocate his income. Maduro wants to pretend that international sanctions are responsible for the crisis, but the truth is that it was socialism that wiped out more than 500,000 companies in the South American country.
Will Biden be as complacent as Obama?
Biden’s decision to return to the era of negotiations with Chavismo is reminiscent of Barack Obama’s passivity that favored Maduro’s tyranny.
Obama and his State Department intentionally sought to favor the Venezuelan regime, as stated by Roger Noriega, former Assistant Secretary for Hemispheric Affairs. Noriega affirmed that the work team of the former U.S. president blocked sanctions against Chavista leaders involved in drug trafficking and promoted dialogue between the regime and the opposition.
Such statements are coherent with what was published in the British newspaper The Guardian, where President Obama’s main security advisor on Latin America, Mark Feierstein, stated that several U.S. agencies had tried to apply sanctions against drug trafficker Tareck El Aissami. However, they were “contained” in 2016 at the insistence of the State Department for fear that they would interfere with dialogue efforts between the tyranny and the opposition.