Obama ‘cav­ing to com­mu­nist’: critic

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

the 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign trail op­pose it.

“This pres­i­dent has shown he is will­ing to do what nine pre­vi­ous pres­i­dents of both par­ties would not: cave to a com­mu­nist dic­ta­tor in our own hemi­sphere,” fumed U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a CubanAmer­i­can Repub­li­can can­di­date.

Venezuela Ten­sions Sur­face

But as Obama sought to turn the page on Cold War-era ten­sions with Cuba, a spat with Venezuela also took the stage.

Maduro crit­i­cized Obama, but the U.S. leader had al­ready left the room to head to a meet­ing with Colom­bian Pres­i­dent Juan Manuel San­tos.

“I re­spect you, but I don’t trust you, Pres­i­dent Obama,” Maduro said.

He urged Obama to lift sanc­tions against Venezue­lan of­fi­cials ac­cused of com­mit­ting hu­man rights abuses.

The or­der has par­tic­u­larly

ir- ri­tated Maduro be­cause it calls Cara­cas a U.S. na­tional se­cu­rity threat.

Af­ter Maduro com­plained that Obama had ig­nored his pleas to hold talks since the Venezue­lan leader was elected in 2013, it emerged that the two briefly spoke on the side­lines of the sum­mit.

Obama “re­it­er­ated that our in­ter­est is not in threat­en­ing Venezuela, but in sup­port­ing democ­racy, sta­bil­ity and pros­per­ity in Venezuela and the re­gion,” said Kather­ine Var­gas, a White House spokes­woman.

While Cas­tro has taken Venezuela’s side in the dis­pute, he praised Obama for say­ing he did not re­ally be­lieve that Cara­cas posed a threat to the United States.

Maduro’s other left­ist al­lies ral­lied be­hind him.

“Our peo­ple will never again ac­cept tute­lage, med­dling and in­ter­ven­tion,” said Ecuador’s Pres­i­dent Rafael Cor­rea.

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