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  • President Nicolas Maduro shakes hands with his Cuban counterpart Miguel Díaz-Canel during a state visit to Venezuela, May 30, 2018

    President Nicolas Maduro shakes hands with his Cuban counterpart Miguel Díaz-Canel during a state visit to Venezuela, May 30, 2018 | Photo: EFE

Published 19 February 2019 (20 hours 32 minutes ago)

Cuban Foreign Minister rejected the U.S. President’s speech in Miami as offensive and reiterated its support for Venezuela.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez called the United States President Donald Trump’s speech in Miami “offensive” after he called Venezuela a puppet of Cuba and urged the international community to pronounce itself “above political difference.”

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"Humanitarian aid is a pretext for a war," Rodriguez wrote on Twitter while reiterating Cuba’s support for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Rodriguez also appealed to the international community to make joint efforts to stop potential U.S. military aggression on Venezuela at a meeting at the Foreign Ministry with 108 ambassadors and chiefs of diplomatic missions.

“One can be in favor or against a foreign military intervention. It is to choose between defense of the right to life or human losses, violence, bloodshed.”

Trump Monday gave a speech about Venezuela at Florida International University in Miami during which he reaffirmed his country’s support for the self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, and attacked socialism and its role in Latin America and alleged attempts to bring it to the U.S.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in response said, "What is it that Trump loves from Venezuela? Oil, coltan, diamonds ... the worst thing is that there are people from Venezuela who serve as puppets. The humanitarian aid is a show, they rob us of US$30 billion dollars and they offer us US$20 million in rotten food.”

"Today Donald Trump was in Miami with a tired rhetoric, questioning the right of our free country to adopt the ideas of human, Christian socialism, with an almost Nazi-styled speech to stunt different ideologies," said Maduro.

Over the last year, the northern power has repeatedly attempted to overthrow democratically elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro through various means. First with sanctions, then with threats of a militarized intervention, and more recently coercing its allies to back the self-proclaimed interim president, opposition lawmaker, Juan Guaido, all with the purpose of confiscating Venezuela’s vast oil reserves, as affirmed by U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton.

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