September 24, 2019 / 7:35 PM / 23 days ago

Venezuela defends Cuba ties after Trump calls Maduro 'Cuban puppet'

FILE PHOTO: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro takes part in a rally against the U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, in Caracas Venezuela, August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero/File Photo

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Tuesday said his country would continue working with Cuba, after U.S. President Donald Trump called Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro a “Cuban puppet” in his United Nations speech.

Arreaza called Trump a “puppet of imperialism and capitalism” and said other countries in the region that recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido were puppets of the United States.

Reporting by Luc Cohen; Editing by Mary Milliken and Grant McCool

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