Top Democrat Hits Biden Over Oil Negotiations With Venezuela

Top Democrat Hits Biden Over Oil Negotiations With Venezuela

( – In 2019, former President Donald Trump’s administration issued sanctions against Venezuelan oil companies after declaring Nicolas Maduro an illegitimate president. The dictator was accused of stealing the presidential election and committing human rights violations on his people. Rumors recently spread that a US delegation traveled to Venezuela to discuss the possibility of lifting oil sanctions against the country. That angered a New Jersey Democrat, and he released a scathing statement.

On March 7, Senator Bob Menendez (R-NJ) issued a statement condemning reports of the possibility sanctions could be lifted on the Latin American country. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said that if the reports were true, it could “perpetuat[e] a humanitarian crisis.” He went on to call Maduro, a “cancer” and said the US shouldn’t “breathe new life into his reign of torture and murder.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the US sent a delegation to the Latin American country to discuss many issues, including “energy security.”

The move by the government comes amid Russia’s war on Ukraine. On March 8, President Joe Biden banned Russian oil imports. Although US companies are increasing production, it’s going to be painful at the pumps for many Americans. The nationwide average for a gallon of gas is now more than $4.

Do you support buying oil from Venezuela to help get through the Russia-Ukraine conflict?

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