Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds up a copy of his country’s case taken to the International Criminal Court regarding US sanctions during a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela [File: Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo]

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Thursday that drug trafficking charges by the United States against President Nicolas Maduro announced earlier in the day showed the “desperation” of the “Washington elite”.

Arreaza said the decision by the administration of US President Donald Trump to offer rewards for the capture of Maduro and other high-ranking officials accused of drug trafficking show the administration’s “obsession” with Venezuela, which he said was due to its desire to reap “electoral returns” in the US state of Florida. 

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