Trump Seizes Ships Carrying Iranian Oil to Venezuela

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The Trump administration seized four private oil tankers sailing Iranian oil to gas-short Venezuela in an effort to stymie the movement of currency and cargo between the two countries that the U.S. has classified as state sponsors of terrorism.  

An Iranian naval ship was escorting a convoy of nine oil vessels, five that are owned by the country itself, and four that belong to private entities. When the U.S. government contacted the four ship’s owners to inform them of sanction violations, the vessels left the convoy, and have been rerouted to Houston.

The Wall Street Journal reported that federal prosecutors filed a lawsuit in July to commandeer the vessels as part of a “campaign of maximum pressure” the Trump administration is placing on Iran, who is largely considered the world leader of “state-sponsored terrorism” and has been directly involved in terrorist plots that have resulted in the deaths of U.S. citizens.    

This is the first time the Trump administration was successful at confiscating cargo from Iran, who is notorious for appropriating foreign oil ships, after last year’s failed attempt to seize an Iranian oil tanker that was being held in Gibraltar.  

The current lawsuit claims that the oil tankers were part of a scheme to evade U.S. sanctions by using shell companies to mask the shipment’s connection to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the United States has classified as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

The seizure, which reportedly was managed without the use of military force, is intended as a deterrent for companies attempting to do business with the authoritarian regimes of Iran and Venezuela.



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Mar
Mar
3 months ago

What? When did we stop delivering shipments of cash?

Jim Grimm
Jim Grimm
3 months ago
Reply to  Mar

The shipments of cash stopped when that idiot, Obama, got kicked out of our White House, and we got a President in there who cares about America.

Betty Acosta
Betty Acosta
3 months ago
Reply to  Jim Grimm

Amen.so glad we got Obummer out of whitehouse now if only we could get him out of D.C would be nice.his ego is soooo large he cant let go.he actually thinks we still want him in the W.house.we just want him to go home and get lost.talk about an ego wow.get lost obummer nobody wants you.we voted you and yer flunkies hillary out so get lost bitch.

scd
scd
3 months ago
Reply to  Mar

When bathhouse barry left the whitehouse.

steveo
steveo
3 months ago
Reply to  Mar

as soon as obama left office!

Recce1
Recce1
3 months ago

We should have seized the remaining Iranian tankers, but that may have led to a naval confrontation.

Lew Tripp
Lew Tripp
3 months ago
Reply to  Recce1

So be it, they have been asking for it.Sink the entire Iranian Navy. The new Iranian navy could have glass bottom ships so they could view the Old Iranian Navy.

Mel
Mel
3 months ago
Reply to  Recce1

No worries there, they’d shoot their own boats..🤣

Lew Tripp
Lew Tripp
3 months ago
Reply to  Mel

yup

Mike Gilliam
Mike Gilliam
3 months ago

Where were the OTHER five tankers going?

Ginger Firestone
Ginger Firestone
3 months ago

Well, that’s one for the good guys. Let’s see what happens next. We let the government ships continue it seems, too bad, but a conservative stand since we really don’t want to start another war in that area.

Rick
Rick
3 months ago

Ginger and Mike: Re-read the second paragraph: All nine tankers were en route to Venezuela. The four privately owned ships were re-routed to Houston after the US Government contacted their owners, and the other five owned by Iran were seized. No mention of what happened to the Iranian Navy vessel that was escorting the convoy, but the story later claims there was no use of military force.

Rick
Rick
3 months ago
Reply to  Rick

Okay, correction! You’re right, the story only claims the four private tankers were “seized” by being re-routed; apparently the other five proceeded to their destination. Not such a big victory after all.

steveo
steveo
3 months ago
Reply to  Rick

it’s something odumbo never did except give them cash to play nice!

Billy Q
Billy Q
3 months ago

I bet Omar is crying like a baby terrorist right now

Casey
Casey
3 months ago

Thank you President Trump for taking these steps. If it had been Barack Hussein Obama he would have been providing escorts for the Iranian vessels.

Kate
Kate
3 months ago
Reply to  Casey

Along with more billions in cash.

Truckmant
Truckmant
3 months ago
Reply to  Kate

obama loved them they were his people

Liberal$TOHELL
3 months ago

HELL yes, stick it to them TRUMPIE~!

I want a T-SHIRT that says F#CK IRAN, CHINA, and others!

John Holden
John Holden
3 months ago
Reply to  Liberal$TOHELL

I want one that says F#CK IRAN, CHINA, and all demonRATS, and RINOS !!

Graham
Graham
3 months ago

Didn’t Trump do a similar thing with North Korea’s vessels? That man is putting in work. I shudder to think if Obama would’ve still been in charge…

Kenneth Barr
Kenneth Barr
3 months ago

That’s our President!!!

Jo Ann Scott
Jo Ann Scott
3 months ago

I didn’t vote for this POS first time. IT is the lowest piece of slimy sewage ever to come out of a DC sewer and IT needs to go back in. IT should really be take out of this nation in chains and sent to China.

egg
egg
3 months ago
Reply to  Jo Ann Scott

Who the hell are you talking about? Corrupt dumb ass Odumbo? He should have been and still should be hung for treason. Trump never came for DC. Matter of fact, he never was and still isn’t a politician. That’s what pisses off the Left. He’s done more in 3 years than every Democrat together has done in over 50 years. Get over your hatred for Trump realize how well the country was before the democrats concocted this virus.

Frank W Brown
Frank W Brown
3 months ago

Sweet, let’s shut down even MORE of irans commerce so the PEOPLE there will finally get rid of the mullahs!

Walkin O'Shea
3 months ago

Mr. President, you have to be careful. Iran might send out a cardboard cut-out or plywood model of an Iranian battleship (The ISS Ayatollah). Oh, that’s right Iran has no battleship and their last effort at building a plywood Nimitz sank.

Juan Mortime
Juan Mortime
3 months ago

Thankfully we have a President who stands up to terrorist….unlike his predecessor who
sent them billions of dollars….What a POS Obama really was….

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