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As Rubio applauds Trump's move on Venezeula, Nelson says sanctions fall short

Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio

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Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio



Here’s something you don’t see: Bill Nelson getting to the right of Marco Rubio.

Nelson, up for re-election next year, today said the new sanctions against Venezuela are inadequate.

“These new sanctions are a step in the right direction, but they don't go far enough,” Nelson said in a statement. “The administration needs to ban at least some of the Venezuelan oil being imported into the U.S., until constitutional democracy has been restored in Venezuela.”

Rubio had this to say: “I commend the Trump administration for taking decisive and significant action to prevent the Maduro regime from using Wall Street to finance its repression and tyranny. The United States remains committed to supporting the cause of freedom and democracy in Venezuela.”

Rubio might also share Nelson's thinking, of course, but the official statements present a contrast.

[Last modified: Friday, August 25, 2017 3:39pm]


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