Venezuela to U.S.: Send Haiti vaccine, not troops

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has called on Washington to send medication to the quake-stricken Haiti rather than troops.

"Obama, send vaccinations, kid, send vaccinations," Reuters quoted Chavez as calling on his American counterpart, President Barack Obama, during his weekly television program Jan. 25.

"Each soldier that you send there should carry a medical kit instead of hand grenades and machine guns," he said.

Following the magnitude-7.0 tremor that rocked the Caribbean nation on Jan. 12, the Obama administration sent the nation a contingent of 13,000 American troops.

"They have done this without consulting the United Nations, or anyone, or the Organization of American States," Chavez pointed out.