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Sen. Rubio: Maduro Regime Is 'a Criminal Enterprise'

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Sen. Marco Rubio (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 25 August 2019 01:54 PM

Venezuela's demise is not just a function of its socialist policies, but the governmental corruption of Nicolás Maduro's regime, according to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

"Venezuela is not just a product of socialism's failures," Rubio told Sunday's "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y. "It's that compounded by its corruption.

"It would be a mistake to view the Maduro regime as a government. It's not a government. It's a criminal enterprise. It functions no differently than a mafia's organized crime does."

The government is getting rich at the expense of the people, Rubio told host John Catsimatidis.

"It's not even ideological for them," he said. "They're all becoming multimillionaires from doing everything from stealing the profits of oil to drug trafficking to illegal mining of gold to currency manipulation to stealing food and reselling it on the black market at inflated prices."

Rubio, a Cuban American, also ripped Venezuela's deal with the communist regime to provide oil in exchange for experts of "repression."

"Now for the Cubans, Venezuela has been a source of over 50% of their oil – and it's free – they send them free oil," Rubio said. "In exchange, the Cubans send them repression experts. People that are experts at maintaining control of the country. And that's the arrangement. You can't talk about one without talking about the other."

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Venezuela's demise is not just a function of its socialist policies, but the governmental corruption of Nicolás Maduro's regime, according to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla."Venezuela is not just a product of socialism's failures," Rubio told Sunday's "The Cats Roundtable" on 970...
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