One day after announcing unilateral concessions to Cuba’s communist dictatorship, the Biden administration now says it will loosen sanctions on Venezuela’s dictatorship as well.
The United States government is moving to ease a few economic sanctions on Venezuela in a gesture meant to encourage resumed negotiations between the U.S.-backed opposition and the government of President Nicolás Maduro.
The limited changes will allow Chevron Corp. to negotiate its license with the state-owned oil company, PDVSA, but not to drill or export any petroleum of Venezuelan origin, two senior U.S. government officials told The Associated Press late Monday. The officials spoke under the condition of anonymity because the formal announcement had not been made.
Additionally, Carlos Erik Malpica-Flores — a former high-ranking PDVSA official and nephew of Venezuela’s first lady — will be removed from a list of sanctioned individuals, they said.
Neither Cuba nor Venezuela have done anything to warrant sanctions relief. As a matter of fact, both dictatorships have only become more oppressive and corrupt. This makes two murderous tyrannies the Biden White House has thrown an economic lifeline to in as many days.
Which dictatorship will Biden save next?