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.’’

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.