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Monday, February 20, 2006

 

Chavez tells Rice: ‘Don’t mess with me, girl’

`Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday warned U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice not to “mess with” him days after Rice described Venezuela as a menace to regional democracy.

“Don’t mess with me, Condoleezza. Don’t mess with me, girl,” Chavez said during his weekly Sunday broadcast, sarcastically offering her a kiss and jokingly referring to her as “Condolence.”

The warning comes days after Rice described Venezuela as one of the “biggest problems” for the Western Hemisphere and promised to develop regional alliances as part of an “inoculation” strategy to expose what the State Department calls anti-democratic behavior in Venezuela.’




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