Trump used money stolen from Venezuela for wall, says US analyst
Washington, (Prensa Latina) U.S. President Donald Trump used the money stolen from Venezuela to build part of the wall on the border with Mexico, according to a report by thegrayzone.com.
An estimated $24 billion of Venezuelan public money was looted and the Trump administration used at least $601 million to build a militarized wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the site said.
The complaint, signed by Ben Norton, a journalist, writer and filmmaker, states that since the White House began an attempted coup against Venezuela's elected government in January 2019, up to $24 billion of Venezuelan public goods have been confiscated by foreign countries, mainly Washington and European Union member states.
During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump insisted on countless occasions that he would 'make Mexico pay' to build a giant wall covering the approximately 2,000 miles of its northern border.
Calling the sources of funding used by the U.S. president questionable, Norton said that Trump resorted to them unable to force the country to finance his favorite project of $18 billion dollars, which already cost about $30 million per mile in South Texas.
Norton cites as a source of the information the Univision Network, which reviewed U.S. Congressional records and court documents, in which it found that the Trump administration took advantage of $601 million from the Treasury Department's 'forfeiture fund' to supplement the construction of the fence.
This is in addition to the billions of dollars in Venezuelan state assets that were illegally taken by the Trump administration, the most important of which is the crown jewel of Caracas, the Citgo oil refinery, the report said.
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