Obama: I will not speculate about Chávez's health condition
US President Barack Obama refrained from making any comments about Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's health condition
Interviewed by Univision, President Barack Obama made no comments on the health condition of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. Moreover, referring to Chávez decision over his next successor if failing to defeat cancer, the US president stressed that the future of Venezuela is up to its citizens.
According to a transcript of the interview conducted by Univision, the US president remarked that the Venezuelan leader is charged with authoritarian policies and repression against dissenters. He also noted that he would rather not speculate about Chávez health conditions, AP cited.
Referring to the US-Venezuela relation, specifically the withdrawal of their ambassadors in 2010, the US president said that he was looking forward to engaging in a more solid relation, yet he reaffirmed that his country was not going to change its policies, which place special emphasis on Venezuela's freedom.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.