Rubio Questions Biden Easing Venezuelan Sanctions

Rubio Questions Biden Easing Venezuelan Sanctions

“Biden basically pardoned two convicted narco-traffickers.

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
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October 9, 2022

President Joe Biden (D) has attracted criticism over his administration’s alleged interest in easing sanctions on Venezuela for Chevron to continue oil production in the country. Earlier this month, Biden approved a prisoner swap with the Maduro regime. The swap included his administration granting clemency to Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas, two nephews of Maduro’s wife.

In response to President Biden seeking to ease sanctions against Venezuela, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) calls the move an attempt to “get normalized with Venezuela.”

The Republican Senator discussed several topics pertaining to the upcoming election during an appearance on the Guy Benson Show on Fox News radio.

During his appearance, he criticized his Democratic opponent, Florida Rep. Val Demings (D), for standing with Biden on a number of issues deemed counterproductive, and he warned against the Biden Administration seeking to ease sanctions against Venezuela.

“Biden basically pardoned two convicted narco-traffickers. Two convicted narco-traffickers who happen to be the nephews of the Venezuelan dictator, Maduro in exchange for seven American hostages, which is what they were,” Rubio said.

“In addition to letting go these two guys who are now laughing at us, you just put basically a bounty on the head of any American in” countries like China, Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela, Rubio added.

Speaking on the U.S. easing sanctions, Rubio expressed that “Venezuela can’t produce any oil that would make a difference,” highlighting Venezuela’s ties to China.

“Almost all of the oil they produce now, and it’s very little, because they stole all of the money, so they haven’t invested in any of the production ability. And all of it, they’re using it to pay off the loans that they have with China. They have to give ten percent of it to Cuba to keep them afloat. So they really can’t produce any oil that would make any meaningful change in our market.”

The interview with Benson can be heard here.

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

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