Newly nominated US Ambassador Dr. Larry Palmer will not be allowed to take his post in Venezuela says President Hugo Chávez. Palmer told a US Senator that there were issues of low morale in the Venezuelan military as well as clear ties between the Columbian terrorists and the Chávez government. This comes on the heals of Chávez denying any relationship with the guerillas and breaking ties with Columbia over the accusations.
The US is Venezuela’s top oil buyer, and Caracas is the fifth biggest US supplier after Canada, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Nigeria.
“He himself ruled himself out, breaking all the rules of diplomacy, having a go at us, even the armed forces” Chávez said of Palmer. “Probably you will withdraw him, Obama. Don’t insist, I’m asking you.”
The US Department of State confirmed Monday that Larry Palmer continues to be their candidate as the next US Ambassador to Venezuela.