Chavez Looks to Smooth Tensions with US

Venezuelan president ready to 'press the reset button'
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted Apr 5, 2009 5:04 AM CDT
Venezuela President Hugo Chavez delivers a speech in Caracas earlier this year. He has taken a less aggressive tone with the US ahead of a summit this month that will include Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, file)
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(Newser) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez indicated yesterday that he hopes to ease tensions between his leftist government and the US, reports Reuters. The Cuba ally has long been a vocal critic of American policies, famously calling former President Bush "the devil" and dismissing Barack Obama as an "ignoramus." But with the two presidents set to meet at a summit this month in Trinidad, Chavez is now looking to smooth things over. "I'm willing to use the reset button," he said.