WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement on the continued oil deals between Venezuela and Cuba.

Senator Rick Scott said, “It’s clear the sanctions meant to block the flow of oil from Venezuela to Cuba aren’t working. Cuba is the most powerful force propping up the Maduro Regime in Venezuela in large part because of the free oil they’re receiving in return. It’s oil for repression. Cutting off the supply of oil to the Castro Regime would be the most effective action we can take to end the brutal regime of Nicolas Maduro.

“It’s clear that the United States needs to consider using naval assets to block the flow of oil between the two dictatorships. The President has floated the idea of a full embargo on Cuba. I agree with him wholeheartedly. We need to take action NOW to capitalize on Maduro’s weakness and end his brutal regime. Cut off Cuba, and you cut off the political forces supporting genocide in Venezuela.”