Venezuela's foreign minister apparently thought he was insulting President Trump by comparing his United Nations speech to that of the late Ronald Wilson Reagan.
Jorge Arreaza said afterward that he was struck by Trump's idea of "restoring" Venezuelan democracy.
Arreaza called the suggestion "racist and supremacist theory" and a "return to the Cold War."
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"For a moment, we didn't know if we were listening to President Reagan in 1982 or President Trump in 2017," Arreaza said, according to Agence France-Presse.
Trump told the UN that he is "prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people."
In 1982, Reagan addressed the British Parliament, warning Cold War foes that Soviet Leninism would be "left on the ash heap of history."
Arreaza later jabbed again at Trump, saying he sounded like a military general instead of a diplomat.
John Roberts riffed on Arreaza during Special Report, saying "Note to the Venezuelan prime minister: If you're going to try to insult a Republican, don't compare him or her to Ronald Reagan."
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