Chavez Calls Obama "Ignoramus"

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has resumed trash talking President Barack Obama. In response to the U.S. president’s assertion in a January interview with Univision that Chavez exported terrorism and obstructed progress in Latin America, Chavez said Obama was at best an "ignoramus,” Reuters reports.

The socialist leader had been considering sending a new ambassador to Washington in a attempt to improve relations with the U.S. (he withdrew the previous ambassador in a dispute last year with the Bush administration in which he also expelled the U.S. ambassador to Venezuela), but changed his mind after hearing Obama’s comments. Chavez took to the airwaves on his weekly T.V. show, saying, "When I saw Obama saying what he said, I put the decision back in the drawer; let's wait and see."

“My, what ignorance,” Chavez continued in his critique of U.S. foreign policy, “the real obstacle to development in Latin America has been the empire that you today preside over."

Chavez and Obama will both attend the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago next month. It is not known whether they will meet.