The Trump administration said Washington stood with the people of Venezuela and demanded that President 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."

"Today, Nicolas Maduro requested a phone call with President Donald J. Trump… President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country," the statement read.

Maduro said Thursday he had ordered his foreign minister to arrange a private meeting or a phone conversation with Trump. The US president stepped up his rhetoric on Venezuela on Friday, warning he would not rule out a military option for Venezuela. The Pentagon spokesman denied receiving any specific orders.



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