(CNN) - Sen. Jim DeMint slammed President Barack Obama's order Thursday to withdraw 30 million barrels of oil from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The president's decision, while applauded by Democrats, drew criticism from top Republicans who said the reserve should be used for emergencies only–not price reduction.
"He's trying to be the wizard behind the curtain in 'The Wizard of Oz.' He's trying to control our economy from Washington. That's not how it works," the South Carolina Republican said in an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, chief political correspondent and anchor of "State of the Union."
The release will take place over 30 days, injecting a supply of oil into a market strained by ongoing unrest in Libya and the Middle East. But DeMint argued Obama's plan to tap into the reserve is ill-fated.
"Instead of going after our own oil, our own energy, our own natural gas, the president has made it very difficult, really costing us tens of thousands of jobs. Now we're going to come - come into the Strategic Reserve to - to try to essentially manage oil prices," DeMint said.
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