Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro requested a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump, but the American leader agrees to speak with the head of the Bolivarian Republic only after the restoration of democracy in it. This is noted in a statement released on Friday by the press service of the White House.
“Today, Nicholas Maduro requested a telephone conversation with President Donald Trump: from the very beginning of the work of this administration, President Trump urged Maduro to respect the constitution of Venezuela, to hold free and fair elections, to release political prisoners, to stop all human rights violations and stop the oppression of the great people of Venezuela, The statement said.
Nevertheless, representatives of the administration note, “Maduro regime refused to heed this call, which sounded throughout the region and the world.” “Instead, Maduro chose the path of dictatorship,” the White House maintains.
“The United States supports the people of Venezuela in the face of continuing oppression by the Maduro regime, President Trump will happily talk to the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in the country,” the statement said.
Earlier, Trump said that he did not rule out a military solution to the crisis in Venezuela. “We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary,” said the head of the White House. At the same time, he did not specify whether it was military operations led by the United States. “But the military operation and the military option is exactly what we can resort to,” the president added.
After Venezuela held elections to the Constitutional Assembly (CA), which without a preliminary referendum can reform the system of government and change the basic law, US National Security Adviser Herbert McMaster said that Washington now considers Maduro a dictator. The US also imposed sanctions against the President of Venezuela and the CA members.