CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says South Florida politicians are leading the United States into an extremist foreign policy against his country.
In a televised news conference Friday, Maduro named U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen as leading a "Miami lobby" trying to influence President Barack Obama.
Maduro said every comment coming from the U.S. government is aimed at overthrowing his administration, an outcome that would have dire effects for all of Latin America.
Anti-government street protests by Venezuelans fed up with soaring inflation and shortages of basic items such as flour and cooking oil have roiled Venezuela for more than a month. The Venezuelan government says at least 25 people have died in the turmoil since Feb. 12.