Venezuela's socialist president Nicolas Maduro says he is supporting Bernie Sanders in the U.S. presidential race and criticizes Donald Trump. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Venezuela's embattled president, Nicolas Maduro, said on Tuesday (June 1) night he supported Bernie Sanders in the U.S. presidential race, adding that the candidate, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, would win if the vote were "free." Maduro, a socialist who sees himself as the political heir to his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, has long railed against the United States, blaming it for Venezuela's economic crisis and accusing Washington of attempting to topple him. Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination for the November 8 presidential election. He also criticised presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, saying he's "using a force of change that's hidden in U.S. society". Venezuela is reeling from a brutal economic crisis that has seen food and medicine running short and spiraling inflation destroying incomes. The United States and Venezuela have had troubled relations since Chavez became president in 1999, and the countries have not exchanged ambassadors since 2010.