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Rockntractor
12-24-2017, 12:32 AM
BY ANTONIO MARIA DELGADO, KYRA GURNEY AND FRANCO ORDOÑEZ
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DECEMBER 21, 2017 06:30 AM
UPDATED DECEMBER 22, 2017 11:16 PM
A Venezuelan millionaire declared persona non grata (http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/coconut-grove/article1964835.html) by the City of Miami for his alleged ties to the Maduro regime is trying to broker an exit strategy with the Trump administration for his beleaguered government, according to various Washington sources.
Raúl Gorrín, criticized for the controversial purchase in 2013 of the then pro-opposition news channel Globovisión, has paid Ballard Partners — the firm of President Donald Trump’s former Florida lobbyist — $450,000 since June through the U.S. subsidiary of the Venezuelan TV network, ostensibly to help the company expand into U.S. markets.
But Gorrín’s real ambitions appear to extend far beyond the TV network. According to three sources familiar with his lobbying efforts in Washington — all of whom declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak on the matter — the media mogul is trying to establish himself as a broker between Caracas and the Trump administration, peddling the idea that President Nicolás Maduro and other key government leaders might be willing to negotiate a transition in Venezuela in exchange for amnesty.
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SVPete
12-24-2017, 10:38 AM
If it results in greater freedom for the Venezuelan people ... it's a trade-off I would not love, but the freedom and rescue from starvation of millions of people ...