“I didn’t want to take a measure like this, but I am ready to take even more radical measures [regarding the three-day closure of air and sea traffic shutdown between Venezuela and the neighbouring Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao].” – Nicolas Maduro, Carribean 360, 8 January 2018.
“I demand that the governments of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire take the measures that the Venezuelan government has demanded to stop the smuggling of our products and minerals.” – Nicolas Maduro, The Daily Herald, 7 January 2018.
“I have ordered the emission of 100 million petros with the legal sustenance of Venezuela’s certified and legalized oil wealth… Every petro will be equal in value to Venezuela’s oil barrel.” – Nicolas Maduro, Reuters, 6 January 2018.
“Haiti has always been an example of libertarian principles, of advocacy and equality. The steadfastness, perseverance and revolutionary character of its people are historical elements that continue to be a model for Our America and for the world. The homeland of Bolívar and Chávez sends its warmest congratulations on the occasion of this National Day and reaffirms its commitment to honor the Republic of Haiti and the historical legacy of giants such as Alexandre Pétion and Toussaint Louverture; to continue the struggle for equality, sovereignty, social justice and the promotion of integration in Latin America and the Caribbean through initiatives such as Petrocaribe and ALBA.” – Nicolas Maduro, Haiti Libre, 2 January 2018.
“Good news! I announce a 40 percent increase in the minimum national salary and all the salary charts at a national level: for teachers, soldiers, police, doctors, public workers– but besides that, I am ordering an increase of 30 units to the food tickets that would take it up to 61 food tickets.” – Nicolas Maduro, Press TV, 1 January 2018.
“The year 2017 was the year of threats of violence and aggression that our country (has never faced) before … a victim of aggression of the right financed by imperialism, like the ones we saw this year with the guarimbas (opposition violence).” – Nicolas Maduro, TeleSurv TV, 28 December 2017.
“What happened to the pork? They sabotaged us. I can name a country: Portugal [blaming Portugal for failing to deliver pork imports in time for Christmas]. … We bought the pork, signed the agreements – but they pursued the bank accounts of the boats” – Nicolas Maduro, Reuters, 28 December 2017.
“What they are doing in Argentina should not be done, taking retirement rights from the elderly, and increasing the retirement age for women to 65 and to 70 for men: it is a mockery like putting a hand in their pockets to take away their retirement.” – Nicolas Maduro, MercoPress, 21 December 2017.