September 30, 2008
UNITED NATIONS -- A Venezuelan official blamed the U.S. financial crisis on ''criminals of the ruling class'' Monday during a speech to the U.N. General Assembly.
Venezuela's ambassador to the Organization of the American States, Roy Chaderton Matos, expressed sympathy with ``millions of our United States brothers and sisters.''
His speech followed news that the U.S. House of Representatives rejected the Bush administration's $700 billion bailout plan and the Dow Jones industrial average fell 777 points, its biggest single-day fall ever.
Democratic leaders said the House would reconvene Thursday, leaving open the possibility that it could vote later in the week on a reworked version.