Biden Turns to Venezuela for Oil: 'Just One More Anti-American Act,' Says Gingrich

Susan Jones | November 28, 2022 | 9:31am EST
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President Joe Biden goes shopping after having lunch with his family in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on November 25, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden goes shopping after having lunch with his family in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on November 25, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - "Drill in America--not Venezuela," tweeted Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) on Sunday. But the Biden administration isn't listening.

On Saturday, the Biden Treasury Department announced it would allow Chevron to "resume limited natural resource extraction operations in Venezuela." The oil will be exported to the United States.

The announcement said the "targeted sanctions relief" is based on "concrete steps" taken by the socialist Maduro regime to "restore democracy in the country."

The announcement drew snorts from the many critics of President Biden's refusal to drill domestically.

"Just one more anti-American act by the Biden administration," former House Speaker Newt Gringrich told "Fox & Friends" on Monday morning.

"You know, Texas doesn't have a dictatorship problem. North Dakota doesn't have a dictatorship problem. Western Pennsylvania doesn't have dictatorship problem. Why is it that the place they select to buy more oil happens to have a dictatorship, and by the way, the idea that he is going to give up the dictatorship because Biden lets him pump oil is just silly.

“But watch them with Iran, watch them with Saudi Arabia. He's now forgiven the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia for the killing of a journalist because he wants the oil. Again and again you see the Biden administration make decisions which hurt Americans.

“They've also been going around the world promising to give away billions of dollars to dictatorships in the name of climate change. But These are dictatorships that are corrupt and that we have no reason to believe American taxpayers owe them a penny.

"So there's a continuing process here of weakening America and finding a way to help dictators."

Gingrich said the Biden administration appears to want a "weaker and weaker America."

"You will notice that they have not intervened on behalf of the Iranian demonstrators, for example. And their whole policy on natural gas and oil verges on insane. We could be supplying western Europe with a huge volume of American natural gas, which would bring us money, which would strengthen western Europe, which would weaken Russia. 

"We're not doing any of that, and the result is that western Europeans this winter are going to face a very severe problem, and I think their relationship with us is going to weaken just because of the pain level." 

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) told "Fox News Sunday" there's no reason to deal with dictators when we have plenty of oil in this country:

"You know, the energy crisis that we're facing right now in America, much of that has been self-imposed by decisions that were made by this administration early on to shut down the Keystone XL Pipeline, further delaying the permitting process here domestically.

"I don't know why we're going to communist dictatorship. We're begging OPEC+ to increase production when we have energy right here in America to get the job done."

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tweeted: "Rather than creating jobs and unleashing our energy, Biden is willing to buy dirty oil from the brutal socialist regime in Venezuela. We should be doing everything in our power to make America energy dominant."

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