When President Joe Biden (D) announced that he would be easing sanctions against Venezuela in exchange for the Maduro regime to institute fairer elections, lawmakers were hopeful but attentive. Given that the country has been governed by a communist regime, the outcome was unlikely, and it seems that the government isn’t keeping their end of the bargain. In response, Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) is slamming Venezuela’s effort to host a referendum on Venezuela’s Essequibo region.
Rep. Salazar condemned “the corrupt Maduro regime” for wanting “to drum up support after cowardly trying to deny Maria Corina Machado’s right to oppose him in the upcoming elections.”
In her statement, Rep. Salazar expressed that “after winning more than 90% of the opposition vote, Maria Corina Machado now faces the regime distracting from her momentum by resorting to the typical socialist tactic of invading other countries.”
“The Venezuelan people see through this charade, and I stand by them in their fight to free themselves from Socialism of the 21st Century,” Rep. Salazar added.
Rep. Salazar opposed the easing of sanctions against Venezuela and called on President Biden to reimpose them.
Rep. Salazar issued a letter to him, demanding that his administration reimpose the sanctions for violating the agreement that President Biden negotiated with Nicolas Maduro. In the letter, Rep. Salazar wrote that “Maduro has repeatedly proven to the world that he is unwilling to hold free and fair elections in Venezuela, despite presidential elections scheduled to occur by the end of the next year.”
President Biden has not formally announced if his administration will be reimposing the sanctions.