GOP Slams Biden Following Kidnapping, Killing of U.S. Citizens in Mexico: Cartels ‘Running Our Border’

Following the killing and kidnapping of American citizens in Mexico by suspected drug traffickers, Republican officials slammed President Biden’s open border policies while calling his presidency “the best thing that ever happened” to the drug cartels and blaming the Biden team for having “empowered” them.

On Tuesday, U.S. and Mexican law enforcement confirmed that two of four U.S. citizens abducted in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, were killed by a Gulf Cartel cell, while the other two Americans were rescued during a stash house raid.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blamed President Joe Biden and the Democrats “for turning the Mexican drug cartels into multi-billionaires.”

 “They have killed Americans and brought ceaseless amounts of fentanyl into our country,” Cruz wrote. “We need to bankrupt them and bring the cartels to justice.”

“President Biden is the best thing that ever happened to the Mexican drug cartels,” he wrote in another tweet. 

“If we had real leadership, the cartels wouldn’t be killing Americans, fentanyl wouldn’t be flowing into our country, and our southern border would be secure,” he added. 

“For the past 2 years, cartels have been running our border, killing Americans at record rates with fentanyl,” wrote Congressman Jeff Van Drew (R-NY). “Now, cartels have murdered 2 Americans.”

“The admin saying the border is ‘secure’ is disrespectful to every American who has lost a loved one due to this crisis,” he added.

“Drug cartels think they can get away with violence against Americans because they’ve noticed the culture of lawlessness created by Joe Biden,” wrote Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS).

“Our bill gives federal authorities more power to preserve Americans’ safety & security,” he added. 

“Mexican Cartels are directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans and migrants, and the Biden Administration is asleep at the wheel,” wrote Rep. Chp Roy (R-TX).

“We must knock their knees out and regain operational control of the border,” he added.

“The Mexican drug cartel’s revenue has increased 26x since 2018,” wrote Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO). “Joe Biden’s economy is working out for someone, just not the American people.”

“Dictators, cartels and bad guys around the world know that @JoeBiden is a weak appeaser with open border policies,” wrote Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL).

“They’re taking full advantage by trafficking evil drugs across the southern border & poisoning our communities,” he added. “We must classify them as the terrorists they are.”

“Two American citizens have died in Mexico because Biden has empowered Mexican criminal cartels and gangs,” wrote Rep Andy Biggs (R-AZ).

“He is AWOL and Americans deserve to immediately know what he will do in response to this horrific incident,” he added.

“Our border is OWNED by the cartels,” wrote Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX). 

“Biden needs to act and act NOW,” he added. “His inaction is wreaking HAVOC on our country!!”

“American lives are in danger as this administration’s open border policies hand murderous cartels more and more power by the day,” wrote Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL).

“Tragic, unacceptable, and avoidable,” he added.

“Another tragic reminder that Biden has given operational control of our border to Mexican crime cartels,” wrote Congressman Bob Good (R-VA).

“When will enough be enough?” he asked.

“There’s no chance the cartel would be SO BOLD if America had a president who took border security seriously,” wrote Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK), chairman of the influential Republican Study Committee.

“We are a laughingstock because of Biden’s weak leadership,” he added.

“Mexico’s cartels have run wild since Biden took office — and American blood has been spilled,” wrote Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).

“Is he going to do anything about it?” he asked.

“Two kidnapped Americans are now dead in cartel-controlled Mexico,” wrote House Chief Deputy Whip Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA). “Biden’s open border allows these criminals to thrive.”

“Mexican cartels are terrorist organizations — it’s time for Biden to treat them like it,” he added.

“Joe Biden is directly responsible for the increase in violence at the southern border,” wrote Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). “He needs to accept responsibility for the consequences his policies have created.”

“Biden’s open border policies are emboldening the cartels,” she warned in another tweet.

“Human trafficking went from a $500 million business to a $13 billion business under Biden,” wrote Sen. Jim Banks (R-IN). “Joe Biden has created the greatest humanitarian crisis in American history at our southern border.”

“Americans are dying. Our border is in absolute shambles. And Biden & Co are sitting on their hands while they empower cartels,” wrote Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX).

“Weakness at home equals weakness abroad,” wrote Rep. María Elvira Salazar (R-FL).

“Enemy cartels no longer fear us, and sadly these are the consequences,” she added. “We pray for the family of the victims.”

“4 Americans cross into Mexico and get fired upon, held at gunpoint and kidnapped [while] Illegal immigrants cross into America and get free transportation, hotels, and cell phones,” wrote Congressman Lance Gooden (R-TX).

“2 kidnapped Americans are dead because of narco-terrorists,” wrote Rep. Wesley Hunt (R-TX). “These groups are operating in over 60 American cities.”

“America is being destroyed by Biden’s dereliction of duty,” he added.

“Mexican cartels kill Americans every single day with their drugs. Now, they are kidnapping and murdering Americans in Mexican border towns,” wrote Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI).

“How many more lives will cartels take before @POTUS takes back operational control of our southern border?” he asked.

“Cartels are now killing American citizens across the southern border,” wrote Congressman Michael Cloud (R-TX). “This is a full blown crisis and Joe Biden can’t even be bothered to acknowledge that reality much less come up with a plan to do anything about it.”

“Our country deserves better,” he added.

The incident began on Friday afternoon when Latavia “Tay” McGee, Shaeed Woodard, Zindell Brown, and Eric James Williams crossed from Brownsville, Texas, into Matamoros for medical tourism. 

During a news conference, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said they were searching for medicine, however, other sources suggested some were seeking cosmetic procedures.

After crossing into Matamoros, the group — whose white minivan bore North Carolina plates — was chased, shot, and kidnapped

During the chase, the minivan crashed into another vehicle, and the gunmen opened fire, striking and killing an innocent female bystander who was departing a city bus. 

It remains unclear if the gunmen directly targeted the four U.S. citizens or if it was a case of mistaken identity.

It also remains unclear why Mexican authorities did not respond to the scene until after the cartel gunmen had left with the victims.

Most news outlets in Mexico only reported on the death of the innocent bystander prior to the U.S. Embassy releasing a statement confirming the kidnapping.

The matter comes as the United States continues to face record-high levels of illegal immigration, with over 844,000 migrants either apprehended after crossing the southwest border or classified as “got-aways” during the first quarter of fiscal year 2023.

In nearly the first two years under the Biden administration, Border Patrol agents have apprehended a record-setting 4.2 million migrants.

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Ron DeSantis Team Torches Global Disinformation Index: ‘Entire Legacy Media’ Full of Disinformation

Ron DeSantis Team Torches Global Disinformation Index: ‘Entire Legacy Media’ Full of Disinformation

Christina Pushaw, a spokesperson for Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), torched the Global Disinformation Index’s (GDI) definition of disinformation, contending that the “entire legacy media” is full of disinformation.

“Good morning @DisinfoIndex, I used your definition, below, and found that the entire legacy media is full disinformation about a democratic institution: the democratically elected Governor of Florida & his Administration,” Pushaw wrote.

She then urged the foreign think tank to look into the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel, and the Tampa Bay Times.

This is the latest high-profile conservative attack on GDI, a George Soros-funded think tank, or “data-driven advocacy organization,” which many officials are saying is being used to target conservative media outlets.

A Microsoft-owned ad network, Xandr, used GDI’s Dynamic Exclusion List to blacklist conservative media companies in order to choke off advertising revenue. Xandr has reportedly removed, for the moment, the negative flags for conservative media.

Hungarian-born US investor and philanthropist George Soros addresses the assembly on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos on May 24, 2022. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said that it would be extremely concerning if the U.S. government funded GDI; reports have suggested that two State Department-backed entities, the Global Engagement Center (GEC) and the National Endowment for Democracy, have granted $665,000 combined to GDI.

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 24: Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., speaks during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled Thats the Ticket: Promoting Competition and Protecting Consumers in Live Entertainment, in Hart Building on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., speaks during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled Thats the Ticket: Promoting Competition and Protecting Consumers in Live Entertainment, in Hart Building on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) have demanded an investigation into the reports about government funding of the foreign think tank.

Rubio, the vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said:

The internet was intended to democratize speech and the State Department has a mandate to stop authoritarian regimes’ attempts to silence it, but we’re now seeing just the opposite as governments and corporations collude to silence certain points of view.

“Americans deserve a full accounting of how their taxpayer dollars were used, and those responsible for violating the public trust should be held accountable,” the Florida conservative added.

Johnson said, “Free speech is fundamental to preserving our liberty. If taxpayer dollars are being used to censor voices because they are critical of the administration’s disastrous policies, every American should be concerned. We need to further investigate this potential First Amendment violation.”

Sean Moran is a policy reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.


Senate Passes Defense Bill that Repeals Military Coronavirus Vaccine Mandate

Senate Passes Defense Bill that Repeals Military Coronavirus Vaccine Mandate

The Senate on Thursday passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which repeals the Biden administration’s military vaccine mandate.

The Senate passed H.R. 7776, the NDAA for the fiscal year 2023, 83-11. The bill featured strong bipartisan support for the bill.

The NDAA repeals Biden’s military vaccine mandate. While many Senate Republicans cheered the repeal of the mandate, GOP senators, such as Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), said he would continue to fight to give backpay to those who were “wrongfully discharged”:

Florida is home to 21 military bases and three unified commands, and proud of the important and strategic role we play in America’s national defense. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I fought hard this year to make sure the Sunshine State, America’s national security initiatives, our military, veterans and their families got big wins in this NDAA. Since coming to the Senate four years ago, I’ve consistently advocated for major investments in our defense capabilities and to support Florida’s military bases and our military families. The NDAA that passed the Senate today is a huge improvement over President Biden’s woefully inadequate defense budget proposal and a great win for Florida, America’s national security and our military community, but there is still work to do. While I’m glad this NDAA rescinds the Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, I will continue to fight so that every service member who was wrongfully discharged has the opportunity to be reinstated with backpay.

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) wrote, “Glad to fight for Montana’s brave men & women in uniform and support our national security.”

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) wrote, “It’s official — the FY2023 National Defense Authorization Act has passed the Senate with my measure to repeal Biden’s military COVID vaccine mandate.”

The NDAA passed last week, meaning that the bill will soon go to President Joe Biden’s desk to sign.

Sean Moran is a policy reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.


Shadow Greed: National Association of Broadcasters Harasses Congress for JCPA Media Bailout

The potential inclusion of the controversial media bailout known as the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) threatened to upend the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Powerful special interest groups, such as the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), lobbied for the JCPA’s inclusion in the bill despite the prospect of politicizing the funding authorization for the nation’s troops.

The NAB came out of the shadows and activated its extensive grassroots network to harass conservative members of Congress blocking the JCPA. NAB is led by leftist president and CEO Curtis LeGeyt, a former Senior Counsel to  the powerful Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The NAB is pushing local broadcasters to call congressional offices demanding that lawmakers drop their opposition in a desperate lobbying barrage.

The NAB has continued its lobbying blitz against conservative members of Congress at a time that the legislative body is trying to prioritize national security by reauthorizing funding for America’s servicemembers.

A senior Senate GOP aide confirmed that the NAB has lobbied the senator’s office regarding the JCPA.

A senior House GOP aide confirmed that the National Association of Broadcasters called the lawmaker regarding the JCPA.

As Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and other conservatives have noted, the JCPA has nothing to do with national defense.

In a moment of desperation, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the lead schemer behind the JCPA, claimed that the media cartel bill is vital for “national security.” One day after lawmakers decided not to include the JCPA, she returned to her old talking points, without discussing how the bill is vital to national security.

This would not be the first time the NAB has been accused of being greedy. As these broadcasters emerge from the shadows to demand a media bailout, they have for years refused to pay American artists for using their song recordings on air.

Democrats, desperate to secure a goodie bag for their cronies in the media, chose to play games with American national security by attaching the JCPA, which, according to Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), has been described as a bailout for “big media.”

Over the last 48 hours, top Republicans including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Donald Trump Jr.,  have spoken out against the attempt to tie national security to what is essentially corporate welfare for media conglomerates.

Citing a Breitbart News article, Pompeo also highlighted how the JCPA will indirectly help China, by amplifying the same news outlets that accept Chinese money to influence the American public.

“Giving the media cartel power is bad enough,” said Pompeo “The JCPA’s “China loophole” means this will benefit our adversaries. All Republicans should oppose cramming this bad bill in the NDAA.”

Trump Jr. on Monday questioned why some Republicans would work with Democrats to “destroy alternative media” by passing the JCPA.

Sen. Tillis joined Sens. Cotton, Marsha Blackburn (R-TN),  Mike Lee (R-UT), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Steve Daines (R-MT), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and John Cornyn (R-TX), all of whom have either spoken out publicly against the bill or who, according to sources familiar with the matter, are blocking the bill from being “hotlined” by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Broadcasters have lobbied to have the media cartel bill included in the bill even though the JCPA does not focus on national security. Now that the JCPA is not in the NDAA, special interest groups, such as the News Media Alliance and the National Association of Broadcasters, could decide to put it in an omnibus spending bill. However, it appears that special interest groups’ window for moving on the JCPA is narrowing rapidly.

Sean Moran is a policy reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.


Group of 10 GOP Patriots Push Back on McConnell, Democrat Push to Include JCPA in NDAA

Group of 10 GOP Patriots Push Back on McConnell, Democrat Push to Include JCPA in NDAA

Amid a last-ditch effort by media lobbyists to insert the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), a bailout for the mainstream media derided across the partisan spectrum, into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), ten Republican senators are heroically stalling the push.

GOP senate leader Mitch McConnell is the primary antagonist, using two routes to help the Democrats ram through the bailout for their cronies in the media, something even their own supporters on the left oppose.

Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES - JULY 20: Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah., speaks during the news conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, to announce legislation which would require the president to consult with congressional leaders and obtain congressional authorization before exercising certain national security powers. (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

One route is to attach the bill to the NDAA, a vital defense spending bill seen as a “must-pass,” which is rapidly evolving into a Christmas tree with all sorts of Democrat hobby horses, wholly unrelated to defense, attached to it.

McConnell and the Democrats are also attempting a process known as a “hotwire,” which would pass the JCPA without any debate if no Senator objects to it.

But they have a problem — the number of Senators opposing it has only grown since the push began, with sources on the hill telling Breitbart News that the number of opposing Senators is now up to ten.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has reportedly been particularly active in mobilizing opposition to the bill, having long warned of the JCPA’s potential to deepen the corrupt ties between Big Tech and the media industry, a relationship that has driven censorship of conservatives and independent media.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who was the first GOP senator to oppose the bill when it was first introduced in the House in the spring of 2021, recognizing the danger of more censorship, is also one of the Senators reportedly standing in the way of the Democrats and their establishment GOP enablers forcing the bill through without a debate.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who eloquently broke down the problems with the JCPA in the most recent Senate hearing for the bill, is another staunch JCPA opponent preventing the bill from being hotwired.

The last-minute push to enact the JCPA is also attracting the attention of senators who have not previously been involved in the debate. Sources on the hill say Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has also refused to cave in to the media lobby and its allies in the Republican and Democrat leaderships, and has, like Cotton and Blackburn, put a hold on the legislation.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has also reportedly joined the fray on the side of the JCPA opponents, along with Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT).

It is unclear who the other Senators preventing the hotwire are. Other Senators who have publicly opposed the bill include Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Josh Hawley (R-MO).

The media industry has thrown everything it has into passing this bill, well aware that there are hundreds of millions to billions of dollars of Big Tech money that could be funneled to them if it passes. Over the past two years, the media has fully deployed its vast clout with politicians, which extends across both parties, to get this legislation over the line, and has repeatedly failed to do so.

The fact that it has been held up so long, in a Democrat-controlled Congress, shows that corporate welfare for even the most powerful and wealthy special interests can be stopped if a few principled lawmakers take a stand.

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. He is the author of #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election.


Exclusive – Sen. Marsha Blackburn Pushes Bill to Break Apple, Google App Store Duopoly

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview Wednesday that her legislation would break up Apple and Google app store duopoly, which could still pass during Congress’s lame-duck session.

Blackburn spoke to Breitbart News as Apple reportedly was threatening to remove Twitter from the iPhone Apple Store. Musk and Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly described the report as a “misunderstanding,” however, the threat still raises the question of how much power Apple and Google have over the internet ecosystem through their app stores.

In response to the spat between Musk and Cook, Blackburn said Apple and Google have a “stranglehold” over companies, and the two Silicon Valley giants have “used their leverage to bully businesses.” She said her legislation, the Open App Markets Act would “give consumers, not Tim Cook, the choice over whether they can use Twitter.”

In short, the legislation would open access to third-party app stores, as Apple prevents this from happening on their devices, protect the “sideloading” of apps onto phones, and among other things, give consumers more control over their devices.

The bill would, according to, also:

An app is a software application or electronic service that may be run or directed by a user on a computer or mobile device. An app store is a publicly available website, software application, or other electronic service that distributes apps from third-party developers to users.

The bill prohibits a covered company from (1) requiring developers to use an in-app payment system owned or controlled by the company as a condition of distribution or accessibility, (2) requiring that pricing or conditions of sale be equal to or more favorable on its app store than another app store, or (3) taking punitive action against a developer for using or offering different pricing terms or conditions of sale through another in-app payment system or on another app store.

A covered company may not interfere with legitimate business communications between developers and users, use non-public business information from a third-party app to compete with the app, or unreasonably prefer or rank its own apps (or those of its business partners) over other apps.

The bill provides for enforcement of its provisions by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, as well as through suits brought by developers that are injured by reason of anything prohibited by this bill.

The legislation has bipartisan backing. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have cosponsored the bill. The legislation has 14 cosponsors and the bill was advanced out of the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously.

As Congress approaches its lame-duck session, Blackburn said the bill could still go through Congress.

Blackburn said:

What this would do is empower the consumer and it would break that monopoly that Apple and Google have had on the apps right now. You know, if you’ve got an iPhone, Tim Cook gets to decide what kind of apps you’re going to have on that phone. They take 30% of the profit on the apps, and the innovator is then left with their portion of it. And they’re not able to communicate directly with the consumer. Everything is going through Apple.

The Tennessee conservative said Apple and Google make a significant amount of money through their app stores, which is why they do not want this bill, which would empower consumers to have control over their phones and apps, to be passed.

She added, “That’s why they do not want this bill to move forward, because they want to control everything that goes on your phone.”

Many technology groups, consumer groups, and telecommunications experts support the legislation, such as Zach Graves, the executive director of the Lincoln Network, Joel Thayer, the president of the Digital Progress Institute, Jon Schweppe, the director of government affairs at the American Principles Project, and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Brendan Carr.

“I applaud Senator Blackburn, Senator Blumenthal, and Senator Klobuchar for their leadership in working to rein in Big Tech,” Carr said in a statement in August 2021. “The gatekeeper power that corporate behemoths now exercise over the app economy is harming consumers and competition. This legislation is a thoughtful way to eliminate those harms while promoting innovation.”

Blackburn said the bill should quickly move out of the Senate, House, and onto the president’s desk to sign.

“It is the right thing to do. It should be taken to the Senate floor, UC’d [unanimous consent], clear the House, and go to the president’s desk,” Blackburn said.

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.


Breitbart News Daily Podcast Ep. 242: Three Weeks to Election Day; Guest: Sen. Blackburn on China, Bidenflation, the Red Wave

Breitbart News Daily Podcast Ep. 242: Three Weeks to Election Day; Guest: Sen. Blackburn on China, Bidenflation, the Red Wave

We are exactly three weeks away from Election Day 2022. Host Alex Marlow opens today’s podcast with an update on the state of play in some of the closest midterm races. He plays audio that shows the stark contrast between the two sides. Just about all the Democrats—from frat boy Tim “Rep. Broseph” Ryan to John “The Bunion” Fetterwoman—all have the same awful ideas. Even former President Barack Obama was heckling the Democrats, another sign that they’re not doing a good job this election cycle. Also in Alex’s monologue: Kanye West can’t stop his Jew-bashing, there’s more evidence that inflation and recession are here to stay, and Chinese Communist Party Leader Xi Jinping appears to be seriously considering invading Taiwan. Our guest today is Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R), who talks about the threat of communist China, the irresponsible gain-of-function research, the pain American families are facing due to Bidenflation, and why she believes Republicans are headed for a big win in November.

The Breitbart News Daily Podcast runs Monday through Friday as a “Director’s Cut” of the SXM Patriot radio show. Hosted by Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow, you’ll hear Alex’s take on the big political stories, interviews with various newsmakers, and the Patriot “Caller of the Day.”

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Blackburn: ‘We Have No Leverage with OPEC’ Due to Biden Policies, Debt Holdings by OPEC

Blackburn: ‘We Have No Leverage with OPEC’ Due to Biden Policies, Debt Holdings by OPEC

On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox News @ Night,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) argued that because of the Biden administration’s energy policies, and the large amount of American debt that is held by OPEC member nations, the United States has “no leverage” with the organization to urge it to avoid cutting production.

Blackburn stated, [relevant remarks begin around 2:20] “[W]hat we know is the White House wants to say, well, this is a nuanced issue. There is nothing nuanced about being intentional in what you’re doing. Day one, declaring an end to the Keystone pipeline, ending offshore, putting a million acres in Alaska out of reach, no new leases, ending fracking, drawing down the Strategic Petroleum Reserve at a billion barrels a day with no plans — I mean, million barrels a day, no plans to refill this, no plans. So, of course, the price is going up. And the interesting thing, OPEC will vote tomorrow about whether or not they want to limit production. And we have to bear in mind, we have no leverage with OPEC. The OPEC nations combined together are one of the top five holders of U.S. debt. We have no leverage in this fight.”

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