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While criticism rains down against Joe Biden for negotiating with Nicolás Maduro’s regime the release of two drug traffickers -who are also nephews of the dictator- Democrat Representative Val Demings celebrated the decision and even showed willingness to negotiate with the dictatorship.
Demings, who is seeking election to the Senate in the seat currently held by Senator Marco Rubio, said she was grateful for the release of the seven imprisoned Americans. In addition, she commented that in the Upper House she would stand firm in her support to bring home those illegally detained by “Maduro and his thugs”.
“I am thankful for the release of the seven Americans, including a Floridian, wrongfully detained in Venezuela. In the Senate, I will remain steadfast in my support to bring home those who are unlawfully detained by Maduro and his thugs,” Demings said.
Demings’ tweet made it clear that she would be willing to continue negotiating with the Chavista regime.
So far, no Democrat has criticized Joe Biden’s release of drug traffickers convicted by the U.S. justice system.
On the other hand, Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio criticized the Biden Administration, assuring that Biden rewarded Maduro with the exchange of the two nephews of Cilia Flores -the dictator’s wife- in exchange for seven American citizens that Maduro had detained as bargaining chips.
Rubio called Biden’s action “shameful” and said that the decision puts American citizens living in other nations at risk, because in the words of the Republican, it leaves a dangerous precedent: every time a tyrant is provoked to detain an American, he will be able to blackmail the Democratic administration.
“What Biden has done is shameful, but not really a surprise , he has handed over two drug traffickers in exchange for seven innocent people who were arrested in Venezuela without cause. What this has done is two things: it has rewarded the Maduro regime and it has put a price on the heads of Americans everywhere in the world,” the senator said.
“Now all tyrants and dictators know that they can capture Americans after keeping them unjustly imprisoned, and they’re going to be able to get something in return,” Rubio added.
Meanwhile, the president of the organization Venezolanos Perseguidos Políticos en el Exilio (VEPPEX), José Antonio Colina, asserted that with the exchange of the “narco-nephews” the U.S. “violates its policy of not negotiating with terrorists.”
Sabrina Martín Rondon is a Venezuelan journalist. Her source is politics and economics. She is a specialist in corporate communications and is committed to the task of dismantling the supposed benefits of socialism // Sabrina Martín Rondon es periodista venezolana. Su fuente es la política y economía. Es especialista en comunicaciones corporativas y se ha comprometido con la tarea de desmontar las supuestas bondades del socialismo