Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino has slammed comments made by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who mused about the possibility of an internal military coup that would topple Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Flanked by high-ranking members of Venezuela's military, Padrino said: "Members of the armed forces radically reject such deplorable remarks that constitute a vile act of interference... When you invite the armed forces to overthrow the government, you're showing a lack of respect.”
Padrino then read an official statement expressing continued support for Maduro: "Many countries in the world have suffered from the long history of covert, clandestine operations, propaganda war, economic blockades and direct military interventions by the government of the United States of America. Senseless threats against Venezuela demonstrate, once again (that the U.S. government) has become the greatest agent of violence, discrimination, and humiliation in the world."