ORLANDO, Fla. – Sen. Marco Rubio, in an interview with Fox News Digital Friday, said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “leverage over the world” is energy, and called on the Biden administration to “diminish” that power by lifting restrictions on U.S. energy production.
During an interview with Fox News Digital on the sidelines of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday, Rubio, R-Fla., said he wished the Biden administration had been “more proactive” in its response to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
“It seems like we’re just reacting to everything that’s happening,” Rubio told Fox News Digital. “I don’t understand – we know that Putin’s top leverage over the world is energy, particularly in Europe, where 50% of their natural gas is coming from Russia.”
“Why doesn’t the United States announce, you know what? We’re going to stop all these crazy restrictions on oil and natural gas and offer that to the world to, you know, diminish Putin’s leverage over Europe, but often over us because of the oil prices are about to skyrocket,” Rubio said.