Fox News contributor Keith Ablow claimed Wednesday that the Obama administration was deeply mourning the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.


Fox News Radio host Brian Kilmeade had noted the socialist leader caused troubles for the United States, but Ablow insisted that President Barack Obama wasn't happy to see "his comrade" go.

"I'm sure in the White House right now there's not any kind of glee over the departure of this man from the face of the planet," Ablow said. "I think there's probably some profound sadness."

Kilmeade questioned Ablow, saying that Venezuela was in "shambles" because of the policies implemented by Chavez.

"Yeah, but we have a president who's willing to have this country be in a shambles if it is necessary on the road to what he considers fairness and reparations of a sort," Ablow replied.

Chavez died on Tuesday at the age of 58 after a two-year battle with cancer. Hours after his death was reported, Obama only remarked that Venezuela was entering a "new chapter in its history" and that the United States was "committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights."

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