Trump snubs Venezuela’s Maduro, re­fuses to take his phone call

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Dave Boyer

Pres­i­dent Trump re­buffed the of­fer of a phone call from the pres­i­dent of Venezuela late Fri­day night, after Mr. Trump warned that he is con­sid­er­ing mil­i­tary op­tions to ad­dress civil and po­lit­i­cal un­rest in the South Amer­i­can coun­try.

“Pres­i­dent Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democ­racy is re­stored in that coun­try,” the White House said.

Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro re­quested a phone call with Mr. Trump after Mr. Trump made a sur­prise state­ment late Fri­day that he’s con­sid­er­ing un­spec­i­fied mil­i­tary ac­tion to ad­dress what the ad­min­is­tra­tion is call­ing a “dic­ta­tor­ship.”

“Since the start of this ad­min­is­tra­tion, Pres­i­dent Trump has asked that Maduro re­spect Venezuela’s con­sti­tu­tion, hold free and fair elec­tions, re­lease po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers, cease all hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions, and stop op­press­ing Venezuela’s great peo­ple,” the White House said. “The Maduro regime has re­fused to heed this call.”

Sen. Ben Sasse, Ne­braska Repub­li­can and a mem­ber of the Sen­ate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, blasted Mr. Trumpp.

“No. Congress ob­vi­ously isn’t au­tho­riz­ing war in Venezuela,” Mr. Sasse said. “Ni­co­las Maduro is a hor­ri­ble hu­man be­ing, but Congress doesn’t vote to spill Ne­braskans’ blood based on who the Ex­ec­u­tive lashes out at to­day.”

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