Yes, excellent post CG. i"m not even sure that the President himself has been writing all the recent announcements critical of OT and Rio or his political cronies from the Dems are putting this out to coincide with the spring national elections. In any event I agree, along with Dale Choi, that it is mostly political propaganda.
I am hopeful that the upcoming meetings between RIO and the GOM will result in some meaningful progress allowing the OT project to continue to go forward. Rio has probably dealt with these sorts of circumstances before in its various mines around the globe.