During former President Donald Trump’s (R) time in office, criticism against Venezuelan Strongman Nicolas Maduro was relentless, as were the sanctions against the communist regime and support of Juan Guaido as the true president of the country. With reports that President Biden is looking to ease sanctions against Maduro and the communist regime of Venezuela, Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) has issued a statement to the Biden administration, urging it to keep the sanctions currently in place while also asking the administration to focus on ending the Maduro regime.
Calling “Nicolas Maduro… a brutal dictator who is committing genocide against his own people,” the former Governor of Florida thanked President Trump for being “right to implement tough sanctions on the regime.” “Under no circumstances should President Biden ease these measures” because “Maduro is desperate to hold on to power and will never negotiate in good faith.”
Scott concluded by noting that “the United States has rightfully recognized Juan Guaido as the legitimate President of Venezuela, and our efforts, as well as the entire international community, should be focused on ending Maduro’s regime, protecting human rights and helping the Venezuelan people achieve freedom and democracy.”
Last year, during the Presidential elections, the New York Times reported that, should Joe Biden (D) win, the relationship between the United States and Juan Guaido would cease to exist. A number of Florida Democrats expressed their support for Guaido, but then-candidate Biden said that he would not recognize Guaido as the legitimate President of Venezuela.
Jake Sullivan, Biden’s senior foreign policy advisor, commented at the time that “the vice president fundamentally believes that the United States should be operating in mutual respect and a sense of shared responsibility” regarding Cuba and Venezuela.
Florida Democrats have not responded to the reports that the Biden administration is considering easing some sanctions against Venezuela.