U.S. President Donald Trump received Juan Guaidó, interim president of Venezuela, at the White House Wednesday for a closed-door meeting in the Oval Office.
The meeting, the first between the two, came a day after Trump invited Guaidó to his State of the Union address to Congress and honored him as the legitimate president of Venezuela.
Prior to the meeting, the White House issued a statement explaining that “the visit is an opportunity to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to the people of Venezuela and to discuss how to work with President Guaidó to accelerate a democratic transition.”
Ambassador to the United States Carlos Vecchio and Presidential Commissioner Julio Borges were also present on behalf of the legitimate government.
Trump was accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow, Vice President Mike Pence’s National Security Advisor Keith Kellogg, and Security Advisor Mauricio Claver-Carone.