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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Rubio: Pres. Obama naive regarding Chavez

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) issued a harsh statement on Wednesday condemning comments that President Barack Obama made about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as “alarmingly naïve.”

In an interview at the White House on Monday, Obama told Oscar Haza, a Spanish-language broadcast anchor for Miami’s América TeVe, as reported by The Miami Herald: “[O]verall my sense is that what Mr. Chávez has done over the last several years has not had a serious national security impact on us.”

Here is Rubio’s full statement: “It’s now disturbingly clear that President Obama has been living under a rock when it comes to recognizing the national security threat posed by Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.

“Hugo Chavez is not only a threat to the Venezuelan people’s freedom and democratic aspirations, he has also supported Iran’s regime in its attempts to expand its intelligence network throughout the hemisphere, facilitated money laundering activities that finance state sponsors of terrorism and provided a safe haven for FARC narco-terrorists, among many other actions. (Continues)

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