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Sept 1, 2005Original Article (Spanish)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez criticized his American counterpart George W. Bush and called him "the king of the vacations" for not having prepared a plan of evacuation for the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.
"It was known for as many as four days that Hurricane Katrina was going to arrive, and that man (Bush), the king of the vacations, stayed on his ranch and said nothing except: It is necessary to flee, with no mention of how. That cowboy … the cowboy mentality," Chevez said during a live broadcast during a meeting with governors in Caracas.
Chavez described it as "incredible that the greatest power in the world, with its airplanes, helicopters, methods of communication, and advanced scientific capabilities had no evacuation plan."
He stressed that the affected area "is
one of the poorest communities in the
Chavez said, "We feel the pain and
are in solidarity with those affected by Katrina,” and he added that his government
has made available to the
The Chief of State suggested to Washington that it copy
He said that Citgo, the
Chavez said that the president of Citgo traveled to its refinery in Lake Charles, to coordinate assistance to 2,000 victims and to see to the possibility of donating fuel to hospitals and helping with transport.
The North American Department of State
had not yet been informed
The Venezuelan Embassy in the