THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
March 5, 2013
Statement of President Obama on the Death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez
At this challenging time of President Hugo Chávez’s passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government. As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.