Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Saturday that he saw US President George W. Bush's upcoming tour to Latin America as a diplomatic offensive aimed at isolating his leftist government.
Chavez said that Bush's planned trip was "without a doubt" aimed at dividing the region and containing Venezuela's influence.
"But it's too late. I think the US president now has nothing to find in Latin America. It is an offensive destined to the abyss of failure," Chavez told a news conference.