Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hugo Chávez says Obama is 'a clown and an embarrassment'

Venezuelan president makes comments after US leader criticises his links with Iran and Cuba in a newspaper interview

UK Guardian

Hugo Chavez talking to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Hugo Chávez with Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: the Venezuelan president has been criticised for his links to Iran. Photograph: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images

On the eve of his first official overseas trip since being diagnosed with cancer, Hugo Chávez has launched a blistering attack on Barack Obama, describing the US president as a "clown" and an "embarrassment".

"Focus on governing your country, which you've turned into a disaster," the Venezuelan president told state TV on Monday. Chávez touched down in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, on Tuesday for a summit of Mercosur, South America's leading trade bloc...[Full Article]

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