VALENCIA, Venezuela -- My dad's diagnosis came a couple days before Christmas: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, stage III. The doctors planned his first dose of chemotherapy for mid-January. But because of Venezuela's deadly drug shortage, he had to bring everything to the clinic -- from the drugs to the needles to the saline solution. And with cancer, time is key. So we went on a mad dash search to find the medicine any way we could.
I asked him if it was true that he had ordered a delay in the evacuation of the Vargas region hit by the mudslide because it might interfere with the election he was in the process of winning. He didn't like that question. Then I asked him about improving relations with the U.S. That ended the interview.