Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump was accused by left-wing Democrats (and far too many RINOs) of “coddling dictators.”

In reality, Trump was attempting to bury the hatchet with leaders like Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un because decades of adversarial diplomacy had not produced any progress at all towards making the world safer, since both are nuclear-armed countries.

But at the same time, Trump kept legitimate tyrants at bay including China’s Xi Jinping, the Iranian mullahs, and Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro.

He removed the U.S. from the Iranian ‘nuclear deal’ Barack Obama sold out to make; he refused to accept the ‘business as usual’ trade approach with Beijing, which entailed America running a trade deficit of hundreds of billions of dollars per year for years; and he cut the U.S. off from Venezuelan oil, the country’s only real export.

But now his installed successor, Joe Biden, is reverting back to the bad old days and in doing so is literally preparing to enrich tyrants.

After shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office, Biden has steadily reduced the American oil industry’s ability to keep our country energy independent, as it was under Trump; the average price of gas when he left office was around $2.50, but oil and gas have been rising steadily since Biden took office, spiking to new record levels this week after he banned the importation of Russian oil due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine (not that America should have been importing Russian oil in the first place).

To ‘replace’ it, Biden is actually looking to Iran and Venezuela, meaning those regimes will see injections of billions in cash which they will then use in ways that endanger Americans, instead of allowing American oil producers to backfill the loss of Russian oil.

And by the way, both of those countries are allies of Russia.

“Senior U.S. officials are traveling to Venezuela on Saturday to meet with the government of President [sic] Nicolás Maduro, according to people familiar with the matter,” The New York Times reported, “as the Biden administration steps up efforts to separate Russia from its remaining international allies amid a widening standoff over Ukraine.”

Breitbart News added:

CBS News, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post all subsequently published similar reports, again citing anonymous people, claiming that the senior delegation was on its way to Miraflores palace, which Maduro illegally occupies. The Post claimed the intent of the visit was explicitly to discuss America buying Venezuelan oil to bring down domestic gasoline prices and attempt to cut off Russia.

A group of senior U.S. officials flew to Venezuela on Saturday for a meeting with President Nicolás Maduro’s government to discuss the possibility of easing sanctions on Venezuelan oil exports, as the Biden administration weighs a ban on imports of Russian oil and gas, according to two people familiar with the situation,” noted the Post.

“The Biden administration is seeking to ease oil sanctions on Venezuela as part of a broader U.S. strategy to temper oil prices that have skyrocketed because of Russia’s war in Ukraine, according to people familiar with the matter,” the Wall Street Journal similarly reported. “U.S. officials began rare face-to-face meetings with Venezuelan officials in Caracas over the weekend, with a view to allowing Venezuelan crude oil back on to the open international market, these people said.”

The Biden regime has not responded to the reports, but with so many mainstream outlets on the story, it almost certainly is true: This Democrat White House actually prefers coddling tyrants.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the co-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, sees exactly what is going on.

“#Biden secret talks with #MaduroRegime isn’t about replacing #Russia’s oil,” he said via Twitter. “#Venezuela’s oil industry is an incompetent mess that produces 10% of what Russia exports. Ukraine is just an excuse for pro-leftist former Obama staffers who already wanted to get close to Maduro & Cuba.”

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