The U.S. president refused to speak with Maduro until the South American leader agreed that “democracy is restored,” according to a White House statement, the Washington Examiner reported:

‘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 Maduro regime has refused to heed this call, which has been echoed around the region and the world. Instead, Maduro has chosen the path of dictatorship. The United States stands with the people of Venezuela in the face of their continued oppression by the Maduro regime. President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country.’

The question becomes why would 45 refuse to speak with Maduro? One would think that after Trump dropped the bombshell of not ruling out military action against Venezuela, he would be eager for any way of resolving the volatile situation. After all, Venezuela’s people have been in dire straights, many of them taking to the streets in protest due to poverty and starvation.

Apparently, Trump’s military action statement was off the cuff, because the Pentagon stated that it had received no instructions about Venezuela. The administration had already imposed sanctions on Maduro last week, calling him a “dictator,” although the president of this southern country is actually a socialist. Then, Trump’s people also sanctioned eight of Maduro’s allies, because it said the country violated human rights and democracy.

Check out this video of Donald Trump blustering about war with Venezuela via YouTube:

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