Venezuela desperate to keep US purchases of oil

Miami Herald:
As chaos envelops Venezuela, Caracas spends millions on lobbyists in Washington

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U.S. sanctions on Venezuela’s oil market could have major financial implications for the Maduro regime and for average Venezuelans. Although Venezuelan crude makes up a small fraction — about 8 percent in 2016 — of all U.S. oil imports, the U.S. buys nearly half of Venezuela’s oil, and oil revenues account for 95 percent of Venezuela’s export earnings, according to OPEC.
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This is why President Trump's sanction threat is being taken seriously in Venezuela where the regime has run the economy into the ground.

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