“The United States is open to a “more constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government” following the death of Hugo Chavez on Tuesday and the expulsion of two military attaches.
However, the action against the United States is “not a sign of strength,” according to a senior Obama administration official, describing the move as an internal political ploy to stir nationalistic fervor.
President Barack Obama said in a statement that the United States “reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship” with Venezuela’s government.
“As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights,” the statement said.
The Obama administration wants the election to be “free and fair and credible,” according to the administration official.