As if US-Venezuelan relations weren’t bad enough, US officials detained Venezuelan’s foreign minister at JFK airport for about 90 minutes on Saturday and threatened him with a strip search. The incident occurred when the diplomat showed up late at the airport without a ticket. This prompted him to be pulled aside for additional security checks. He was not happy about this. A bit of a disagreement ensued, and depending on whom you believe, he was told to go to another room for a strip search, or he was told he needed additional screening.
Either way, the minister said he responded with, "the
dignity of Venezuelan revolutionaries … with strength,” Maduro told
reporters at Venezuela’s mission to the U.N. “It’s a Nazi government, a
The US has since apologized for the incident.