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Venezuela’s President: Trump won’t be worse than Obama

By on January 17, 2017

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and first lady Cilia Flores wave to supporters upon arrival to the Supreme Court where Maduro will give his annual state of the nation report in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. For more than half a century, Congress had been the body responsible for receiving the president's annual report, as established by the constitution, but the legislature lost that power by decision of the court, which authorized last week for Maduro to present his speech to magistrates. At left is Vice President Tareck El Aissami. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro and first lady Cilia Flores wave to supporters upon arrival to the Supreme Court where Maduro will give his annual state of the nation report in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

CARACAS, Venezuela — President-elect Donald Trump is receiving a backhanded compliment from the United States’ arch nemesis in Latin America.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Monday night that he is keeping an open mind about Trump and hopes to maintain respectful relations with the incoming Republican administration. He added that he is certain that whatever changes Trump brings to Latin America and the world he won’t be worse than those of Barack Obama.

During the campaign, Trump denounced “oppression” in Venezuela and accused Maduro’s socialist administration of running the oil economy into the ground. Maduro has referred to Trump as a “bandit” and “mental patient.”

But he’s taken a softer tone since Trump’s victory as Venezuela’s economy has spiraled further out of control and political tensions mount.

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