‘US is warmongering’ – President Maduro

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VENEZUELA President Nicolás Maduro called Donald Trump’s government a ‘gang of extremists’ and blamed the US for his country’s crisis in an interview with the BBC yesterday.

He said he would not allow humanitarian aid into Venezuela as it was a way for the US to justify an intervention.

‘They are warmongering in order to take over Venezuela,’ he said.

President Maduro said he hoped ‘this extremist group in the White House is defeated by powerful world-wide public opinion’.

Speaking in the capital, Caracas, he said: ‘It’s a political war, of the United States empire, of the interests of the extreme right that today is governing, of the Ku Klux Klan, that rules the White House, to take over Venezuela.’

Asked if he believed Trump is a ‘white supremacist’, Presient Maduro said: ‘He is, publicly and openly … They hate us, they belittle us, because they only believe in their own interests, and in the interests of the United States.’

He rejected allowing foreign aid into the country, a move that is being organised by the opposition, saying that Venezuela has ‘the capacity to satisfy all the needs of its people’ and does not have to ‘beg from anyone’.

Maduro slammed US sanctions for causing Venezuela’s economic woes, and warned the US intends to ‘create a humanitarian crisis in order to justify a military intervention’.

‘This is part of that charade. That’s why, with all dignity, we tell them we don’t want their crumbs, their toxic food, their left-overs.’