The Trump administration is monitoring Venezuelan instability, and believes there is a strong need to bring weeks of anti-government protests in the country’s capital Caracas to a quick and peaceful conclusion.
H.R. McMaster, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, met on Friday with Julio Borges, the president of Venezuela’s opposition-led National Assembly, about the civil unrest which has been near-daily for five weeks, the White House said on Saturday.
They discussed “the need for the government to adhere to the Venezuelan Constitution, release political prisoners, respect the National Assembly, and hold free and democratic elections,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement to Reuters.
“Some of the acts there have been deplorable and [it’s] certainly something that we’re monitoring very closely,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Friday, according to Reuters.
According to the Associated Press, clashes between police and protesters have left 38 dead in the past month. Read more at Fox News.