On the eve of Vice President Joe Biden's trip to Chile and the Dominican Republic, Florida Senator Marco Rubio sent him a letter urging him to keep unrest in Venezuela atop his agenda.
Rubio asked Biden to use the trip as an opportunity to remind other Latin American governments about their commitment to democracy in light of the repression in Venezuela. He urged the vice president to "build on" his comments published in a Chilean newspaper Sunday in which Biden called the Venezuela situation "alarming."
"And should you encounter Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, I hope you will look him in the eye and tell him that murdering and beating innocent Venezuelans will not fix his failing economy and crumbling society," Rubio wrote.
The Republican has been critical of the Obama administration for not addressing the Venezuelan turmoil more forcefully. Rubio reminded Biden that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on which his sits is considering legislation imposing sanctions on Maduro's government.
Read the full letter below.