Republican congressmen from Florida (USA) María Elvira Salazar, Mario Díaz-Balart and Carlos Giménez criticized this Tuesday the “betrayal” of the president, Joe Bidento the fight for freedom in Venezuela for his negotiations with the president of that country, Nicholas Maduro.
In the opinion of the three politicians of Cuban origin, the recent talks carried out by representatives of the White House in Caracas also represent a blow to the “national security” of the United States, since, they recalled, they want to bring the United States to justice. this country to “Maduro and his thugs.”
According to the White House, the negotiations were aimed at discussing issues such as “energy security” after oil and gas prices have skyrocketed since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
However, after the controversy that arose, even within the Democratic Party, the government said on Monday that “for now” it is not maintaining contacts or launching any plan to import oil from Venezuela.
For these congressmen from Florida, a state where the largest community of Venezuelans in the US lives to the south, oil was nothing more than an “excuse” for the Democratic government to get closer to Maduro, who, paradoxically, the US does not recognize as president lawful in your country.
“This Administration is dying to find an excuse to make friends again with people who have destroyed their country in the last 20 years,” Salazar said.
Diaz-Balart went further, noting that Biden is “determined” to help “every anti-American dictator” in the world.
“Biden is trying to sell the future of Venezuela, to condemn the people of Venezuela to a dictatorship. It is a betrayal not seen since the (John F.) Kennedy years,” he said. “The freedom of Venezuela is not negotiable.”
The mayor of Miami-Dade County, Democrat Daniella Levine Cava, agreed with this rejection of negotiations, saying that “under no circumstances” should the US negotiate or buy Venezuelan oil.
The three Republican congressmen indicated that they are working to introduce a bipartisan bill to prevent these negotiations.
They also urged Biden to promote the extraction of gas and oil in the country to achieve energy independence and not have to depend on countries like Venezuela and Russia, because, as Congressman Giménez pointed out, the US has the capacity to achieve it and also export to other nations of the world.
The meeting in Caracas resulted in the release of two Americans detained in Venezuela and this Monday relatives of the remaining eight asked the Biden government to ignore the criticism it has received in recent days and continue negotiating with Maduro to achieve their release.
But Díaz-Balart said that this “script” of using “hostages” by foreign governments to pressure the US has already been used in the past by governments like Cuba’s.
In this sense, Mayor Levine-Cava welcomed the two released Americans and urged the Venezuelan government to “release all political prisoners” in the country.