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Venezuela’s Defense Minister calls Trump talk ‘craziness’

Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez waves as he arrives for a session of the Constitutional Assembly at the National Assembly building in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. The government-backed assembly that is recasting Venezuela's political system filed into the stately domed chamber where congress normally meets. In two previous sessions, the 545-member assembly met in an adjacent, smaller building. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Venezuela’s Defense Minister is calling President Donald Trump’s talk of a military intervention an act of ‘‘craziness’’ and ‘‘supreme extremism.’’

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General Vladimir Padrino says, ‘‘With this extremist elite that’s in charge in the U.S., who knows what will happen to the world?’’ Padrino is a close ally of President Nicolas Maduro.

His remarks are the first by a high-level Venezuelan official and come ahead of an expected statement by Maduro’s government.