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    Maduro Dismisses Pence as an "Extremist," And "Crazy." | Photo: Reuters

Published 24 October 2018

The Venezuelan president fires-back after the U.S. vice-president accused him of financing the caravan carrying Central American migrants to the US.

Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela has refuted claims that his nation financially supported the caravan of Central Americans carrying migrants to the U.S, and has accused U.S Vice-President Mike Pence, of being "extremist" and "crazy." 

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In a speech broadcast on state television, Maduro attributed the statements about his possible support to the thousands of Hondurans who traveled to the border of the United States, as "imperialist paranoia."

Alex Mensing, a coordinator of the Association Without Borders that accompanies the caravan, also rejected Pence's version and assured that it is "a humanitarian crisis that has been coming for many years." Speaking on a conference call with journalists in California Wednesday, Mensing said, "The idea that someone can pay 10,000 people to convince them to leave their country, and their homes," is ridiculous. 

He added that it is not known yet what course the caravan will take, which he describes as a "mass exodus of people", nor does he believe that many will reach the United States.

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