Venezuela leader Maduro wants to meet Trump in NYC

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro addresses the all-powerful pro Maduro assembly which has been placed over the National Assembly and tasked with rewriting the constitution in Caracas

Maduro's request comes after the USA levied sanctions on eight top Venezuelan officials for violating human rights and democratic norms.

These follow last month's United States sanctions on Venezuela over the election of a loyalist legislative superbody that has the power to rewrite the constitution, which Washington called "illegitimate" and in service of a "dictator".

The day after elections were held for the Assembly، the USA slapped sanctions on Maduro.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro organized the vote, which most nations called a foregone conclusion.

His arrest was ordered by the government-stacked Supreme Court less than 48 hours after it levied a similar sentence against Ramon Muchacho, another Caracas-area mayor.

"This is a continued coup against municipal public authority", he said. The video was circulated on social media.

Maduro himself addressed members of the new assembly later in the day.

As the economic and political situation deteriorates in the Latin American country, with close to 130 people killed in anti-regime protests, worldwide condemnation of the leftist government of Caracas has increased, with the United States slapping Maduro himself with direct sanctions. Smolansky, the fifth mayor to face such sanctions this year, was also accused of defying an order to prevent opposition protests from blocking streets. Energy sector sanctions, which could cripple Venezuela's already ailing economy, are still being considered, US officials said. Among those named was constituent assembly member Adan Chavez, brother of the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

"The foreign minister should enter into negotiations to arrange [my] personal meeting with Donald Trump or a phone conversation with Donald Trump", Maduro said in parliament, as quoted by the Panorama newspaper.

"Venezuela can't be sanctioned by anything or anybody", he said.

Thus far, Washington has stopped short of hitting the Venezuelan energy sector with sanctions.

After the Treasury Department announced direct sanctions on Maduro last week, he poked fun at Trump for becoming president through the electoral college but losing the popular vote in the November election. Almost 130 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces.

The opposition says the leftist government of Maduro is to blame for the crisis.

His popularity has been pounded lower by triple-digit inflation and acute food and medicine shortages which Maduro blames right-wing conspirators in league with the U.S.

The opposition was also motivated by the fact that the ANC supersedes the National Assembly, or Congress, which was under the opposition's control.

Arreaza added that the ambassadors acknowledged that since Venezuela held elections for the Constituent Assembly on July 30, the country has been at peace.


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