Sens. Cruz and Cornyn Issue Statement on Venezuela’s Detainment of Texas CITGO Executives

U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and I yesterday issued the following statement regarding the Government of Venezuela’s detainment of six CITGO executives from Texas:

We have long been concerned about potential foreign influence and ownership of CITGO Petroleum, a subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned PDVSA, and the impact it could have on operations throughout the U.S. The recent detainment by the Venezuelan government of six CITGO employees – five U.S. Citizens and one permanent resident who live in Texas – is deeply troubling. We are glad the administration is taking these actions seriously, and hope that the Government of Venezuela allows these Texans their rightful access to consular affairs.


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