Venezuela's Maduro on Trump: 'He won't be worse than Obama'

Just days ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the incoming U.S. President, Venezuela’s socialist and much-criticized President Nicolas Maduro said he was taking a wait-and-see, but hopeful, stance toward the incoming president, while slamming the record of outgoing President Barack Obama.

“There’s been a brutal hate campaign against Trump all over the world,” Maduro said late Monday at a news conference with OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo in Caracas. “I say let’s wait and see. All I’ll say is that he won’t be worse than Obama.”

"Obama left a legacy that the big media outlets want to hide," Maduro said, referring to the outgoing president's perpetual war footing in the Middle East and his alleged failure in Latin America to more forcefully condemn the removal of leftist leaders in Brazil, Honduras and Paraguay.

Maduro, who’s known both for his prolific use of social media and frequent dancing during televised events, criticized Obama for doing the same thing.

“That’s what he’s dedicated himself to over the past few months -- posting pictures of himself dancing and having parties on Twitter and Instagram,” Maduro said.