President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro slammed criminal charges brought against him by the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday.

In a televised message, in which Maduro was accompanied by high government officials, the Venezuelan president rejected the drug trafficking charges against him.

"If there is anything I have cultivated, it is honesty, purpose, morality, the combative ethics of a revolutionary. If there is anything we have done, it is to fight the economic, political and all kinds of mafias in this country and we will continue to fight them," Maduro said.

The Venezuelan president also called his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump "miserable" and a "racist, supremacist cowboy."

Maduro dismissed charges that he is an alleged ally of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in sending drugs to the United States.

"We built the Peace Accords together with Colombia, together with the FARC and the Government of Colombia, publicly recognized in all official documents by the United Nations, by the UN Security Council," Maduro said.

Earlier, U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced that the Department of Justice would be filing drug trafficking charges against Maduro. The charges against the Venezuelan president include "conspiracy to commit narco-terrorism, conspiracy to import hundreds of tons of cocaine into the United States, and related weapons offences."

The State Department has offered a $15 million (13.6 m euros) reward for Maduro's capture.

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