U.S. rejects Venezuela’s accusations of involvement in Chávez’ illness

The U.S. Government said accusations of its involvement in Hugo Chávez’ illness are “absurd” and adamantly rejected the Venezuelan Government’s suggestion to that effect.

“To suggest that the United States was in any way involved in causing President Chávez’ illness is absurd and we reject it completely,” said State Department spokesman, Patrick Ventrell, just minutes before the president’s death was confirmed by the vice-president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.

“Despite significant differences between our governments, we still believed it was important to seek a functional and productive relationship with Venezuela based on issues of mutual interest,” Ventrell said. Referring to accusations made by the Chávez administration, Ventrell said they are false and inappropriate and that the United States can only conclude “Venezuela has no interest in improving relations.”

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