Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) excoriated controversial comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) that blamed United States foreign policy for the chaos in Venezuela.
"She doesn't know what she's talking about," Rubio responded on Fox Business Network.
"So somehow, the problems of Venezuela are the United States, and the results of whatever the United States has done," asked host Trish Regan.
"Yeah, I think she was just recently elected, she has no idea what she's talking about, she's just making it up," Rubio responded. "She doesn't even follow this issue, most of the people in Washington aren't following this issue.
"She doesn't know what she's talking about," he continued, "I mean, the sanctions that are on [Nicolas] Maduro have been in place for two months, before that all the sanctions were on individuals. She won't find a single Venezuelan other than those in the regime that would even agree with, it's ridiculous.
"They've stolen the money," Rubio added, "they've degraded the country by literally stealing, they haven't upgraded their, for example, their electric grid in 25 years. Any money that was ever made from the oil was stolen and put into people's pockets.
"So honestly, I don't even feel like addressing the comment because it's not an informed one, it's not an intelligent one," he concluded. "It's silly, it's ridiculous, and it's actually embarrassing!"
Rubio has been at the forefront of pushing an aggressive U.S. response to the continuing failures of the socialist dictatorship in Venezuela.