One of the most vocal U.S. lawmakers throughout the Venezuela crisis has been Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Hes followed the chaos in the Latin American country closely. He knows better than many Americans that Nicolas Maduro and his socialist policies are to blame for the widespread poverty in the country.
Venezuelans are suffering and starving often waiting in devastatingly long lines for food. Knowing what Venezuelans are enduring Rubio has been extremely supportive of opposition leader Juan Guaid who the Trump administration recognized as the countrys rightful leader. Rubio has also exposed the Maduro regimes oppressive and sometimes violent retaliation against the freedom fighters including this week when Guaid led a military uprising against the dictator. While the effort was ultimately unsuccessful Guaid can still count on U.S. support.
Rubios Democratic colleague Ilhan Omar doesnt blame Maduro for the languishing state of the country. She blames the United States and the sanctions weve placed on him.
A lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela she claimed earlier this week.
She has no idea what shes talking about" he said conclusively. Shes just making it up. She doesnt even follow this issue.
The sanctions Omar is referring to that are supposedly responsible for the crisis in Venezuela have only been in place for two months Rubio reminded her. Its a silly and ridiculous argument and wasnt worth further comment from him.
Rubio added that all hope is not lost.
Plenty of other U.S. officials rebuked Omar but Rubio was the one we were waiting for.