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  • Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez attends a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 19, 2019. REUTERS

    Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez attends a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 19, 2019. REUTERS | Photo: Reuters

Published 19 February 2019

Venezuela’s minister of defense: 'We could not stop being amazed at the arrogance of the president, how terrorism is celebrated.'

Venezuela’s Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino told the media Tuesday morning: "We observed and listened to the United States President Donald Trump's speech and we could not stop being amazed at the arrogance of the president in his speech where terrorism is celebrated."

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The Venenzuelan Armed Forces contested Trump’s Tuesday speech at Miami’s Florida International University where Trump reaffirmed his administration’s support for Juan Guaido who declared himself interim president of Venezuela Jan. 23. The U.S. head of state went on to attack socialism in Latin America.

“A new day is coming to Latin America. … The end of socialism has arrived in our hemisphere and in all parts of the world, not only in Venezuela but also in Nicaragua and Cuba," Trump said Tuesday during his 35-minute speech at the campus.

In direct response, Padrino said during his speech from Caracas, “Donald Trump believes he can order around Venezuelan soldiers, but his political advisors should check their facts because to be a commander of the FANB (Bolivarian National Armed Forces), he must be Venezuelan by birth, be of this country."

Padrino added: "Donald Trump spoke of supposed humanitarian aid, … but this is a campaign of lies and psychological manipulation to achieve political power."

In an official statement by Venezuela’s Ministry of Popular Power for Defense, the government said that Trump’s speech reflected “terrible insensitivity” toward Venezuela and he has heightened the rhetoric of using U.S. armed forces “against the nation.”

The ministry statement accused the Trump administration of creating a “hybrid war asphyxiating the economy and imposing a financial block intending to create ungovernability, chaos and anarchy only to get at the nation’s riches.”

Congress already rejected Trump’s proposal to intervene militarily in Venezuela, however the president has continued his attempts to violate international law and to send unsolicited “humanitarian aid” to the “poor Venezuelan boys and girls,” which he once again proposed Tuesday in Miami.

For his part, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro once again criticized the humanitarian aid that many are calling a ‘Trojan Horse’ to intervene in Venezuela.

"What is it that Trump loves from Venezuela? Oil, coltan, diamonds ... The (international) humanitarian aid is a show. (U.S. sanctions) rob us of US$30 billion and they offer us US$20 million in rotten food," Maduro said during a Monday televised response just after Trump concluded his Florida speech.

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