Venezuelan President Nicol├ís Maduro announced plans on Friday to cut public spending, beginning with his own salary, as the price of oil continues its slump. The slide in crude prices of more than 30% since the summer has added a new layer of concern for Mr. Maduro, whose popularity, polls show, has dropped to a record low. The South American country is struggling with soaring inflation as well as a dollar crunch that has led to shortages of food and consumer goods. Venezuela’s basket of heavy crude and petroleum products tumbled 89 cents to end the week at $68.08 a barrel, the lowest in more than four years, the oil ministry reported. “I don’t take this blow from the drop in oil prices badly,” Mr. Maduro said in a televised address to industry workers at the Miraflores presidential palace. “I take it as an opportunity to […]