Your Most Trusted Source of Foreign News and Views About the United States
In Reverend Pat Roberson, Has Chavez Finally Met His Match!
—BBC NEWS VIDEO: Televangalist Urges U.S. to Kill Chavez, Aug. 23, 00:02:35

Chavez Dismisses Robertson Death Wish, Offers 'Medical Aid' to U.S. Poor!

The Venezuelan president apparently thought little of death wishes from U.S. televangelists. He did, however, offer to enroll 6 million Americans in Cuba's free health care program, and even said he would sell poor gringos gasoline at half the going rate. No word yet on how those in need of a doctor will travel to Havana to receive care.

By Karem Gull

August 24, 2005
Venezuela - Cadena Global - Original Article (Spanish)    

From Jose Martí airport in Cuba and in comments offered via telephone to Venezuelan State television before departing to Jamaica, President Hugo Chavez dismissed the opinions of American religious leader Pat Robertson, who suggested that the chief executive be murdered. "His opinion of me means nothing, neither does it concern me. I don't even know who this person is," Chavez said.

[Editor's Note: On his daily TV show The 700 Club on Monday, Robertson said, "If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it ... It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. And I don't think any oil shipments will stop."]

Hugo Chavez Appears and Consults with Cuban President Fidel Castro Before Leaving Cuba on Tuesday.

But Chavez said what did concern him was the level of poverty of certain people in the United States, and he offered aid from his government to help with the well-being and health of the American people.

Chavez said that some citizens of that country could be enrolled in the medical program of Cuba, and he even spoke of offering a special program of direct gasoline assistance to poor communities.

"The level of poverty in the United States also worries us. We offer not only to cover 6 million people with medical care over the next ten years, but to train over 200,000 doctors over the 10 years. We will put them back into the program," he said.

Venezuela is also offering energy aid. We could assist some poor communities by selling them gasoline directly. If we sell directly they could save a lot of money. If you are going to New York or San Francisco, the price of a barrel of Venezuelan gasoline is $80. That is almost double the price at which it leaves us, because intermediaries speculate and raise the price. We are prepared to help poor communities with doctors but also with fuel."


Chavez and 'Brother to His People' Chirac in March

He also said that he is headed to Martinique [French Caribbean] at the invitation of President Jacques Chirac of France, in relation to the deaths of 152 French passengers on their way to the island, who were traveling on a Colombian airplane that slammed into Venezuelan territory last week.

"I go to Martinique at the invitation of President Chirac. There have been some [church] masses for the terrible accident of this airplane, and there are hypothesis about whether this had to do with fuel, or if the fuel was tainted or whether the plane ran out of fuel. Tomorrow in Martinique I will accompany the relatives and President Chirac, who is a brother to our people,” he added.


He also spoke of the necessity of lowering the cost of power consumption worldwide, "which means reflecting on the tremendous abuse in regard to wasting energy."

Asked about Venezuelan oil assistance to the Republic of Ecuador, Chavez said that at this moment a delegation of the Andean country to preparing its statistics for negotiation, "but we are going lend them petroleum, and when we know how much they need to tide themselves over, then that is the amount that we will render, we don’t wish Ecuador to come to a standstill, nor do we need a new customer.”

Finally, he repeated his customary reaction to the war against Iraq, describing it as "illegal and immoral" and appealed to the people of the United States who, in his opinion, "have a lot of work to do to save the world.”

© Watching America all rights reserved. Disclaimer