Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued a statement on Friday condemning the international tour of Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro, who is in Iran today while the last day of the Summit of the Americas is being held in Los Angeles, California.
Rubio said in his statement that world leaders should stop looking to Joe Biden for ways to engage with Maduro, given that the Venezuelan socialist decided to meet with his non-Western and anti-American allies after being rejected at the summit of democracies.
“You can see for yourself the company Maduro keeps,” the Cuban-American senator said. While democracies are meeting in Los Angeles, Maduro is in Tehran. That should tell you everything you need to know.”
A staunch opponent of Maduro’s dictatorship, Rubio celebrated on Thursday that the Biden administration barred the socialist’s presence at the Summit, but condemned the Democratic president for not inviting Juan Guaidó, recognized by the United States as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela.
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Maduro’s tour began in Turkey, where he met with his military ally, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He then visited Algeria in search of bilateral agreements. His last stop was visiting Iranian fundamentalists in Tehran, a place he referred to as “a second home.”