Venezuelan Leader Wants a Face-to-Face Meeting with Trump

  • Venezuelan Leader Wants a Face-to-Face Meeting with Trump

Venezuelan Leader Wants a Face-to-Face Meeting with Trump

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has said he wants a meeting with USA president Donald Trump - the man he ridicules as a crass imperial magnate and blasts for sanctions against officials in his socialist government.

However, Maduro, himself a tough critic of Trump, reached out to Trump Thursday during his first address to the new constituent assembly, and asked to meet with the president next month, when they are both due to attend that UN General Assembly in NY.

Maduro said he had also given orders, "if it can happen", for a face-to-face meeting to be organized in NY on September 20 at the annual gathering of heads of state and government from around the world at UN General Assembly.

"If he (Trump) is so interested in Venezuela، here I am".

Washington said the new Constituent Assembly, which was sworn in on August 4th, was created "through an undemocratic process instigated by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government to subvert the will of the Venezuelan people". "Today we have the National Constituent Assembly together، and I am here to recognize its plenipotentiary powers، sovereign، original، and magnificent to govern the destinies of the Republic،" Maduro said in his first appearance in the newly-elected legislative body on Thursday. Months of clashes between Venezuela's national guard and protesters have left over 120 dead.

More than 125 people have died in violence since the opposition began a sustained wave of protests in April.

We can't allow "the dictatorship to hunt down, imprison and treat our mayors like criminals", said Andres Paez, a lawyer who joined the protest.

During this session, which took place in the Legislative Palace, Maduro gave a speech of approximately three hours and handed over his draft Constitution to the Constituent Assembly, claiming that it is the same as that of the late President Hugo Chavez (1999-2013), his predecessor.

A Goldman spokesperson told CNNMoney Friday that "we do not support the Maduro regime and will not do business with it".

Last Friday the Constituent Assembly was sworn in with the rejection of a large part of the worldwide community.

On Wednesday, after much debate, the coalition said it would contest overdue regional elections in Venezuela's 23 states on December 10, with the aim of holding Maduro to the electoral calendar, which also sees the next presidential election in October 2018.

A British-based company, Smartmatic, that supplied the voting technology has said the turnout figure was "tampered with".