“I might perhaps take into consideration that,” Mr. Trump told Axios. “Maduro wish to meet. And I’m by no means against conferences — you recognize, hardly ever against conferences.”
The White Home moved shortly to scrub up these off-message feedback, and Mr. Trump himself insisted on Twitter that he would “solely meet with Maduro to debate one factor: a peaceable exit from energy.”
In scripted messages like Friday’s, Mr. Trump has expressed nothing however strong assist for Mr. Guaidó. In February, Mr. Trump welcomed him to the White Home and hosted him as a particular visitor at his State of the Union handle, the place Mr. Trump vowed that Mr. Maduro’s “grip on tyranny will likely be smashed and damaged.”
That’s the model of Mr. Trump’s views a lot most well-liked by each the White Home and his marketing campaign aides, who hope to rally Florida’s Hispanic voters with a tricky anti-Maduro message, particularly the roughly 700,000 Cuban-Individuals within the Miami space who largely oppose Cuba’s authorities and its shut ally Mr. Maduro, who provides oil to Havana. A a lot smaller variety of the hundreds of Venezuelans in Florida, 50,000 by some estimates, are eligible to vote.
Mr. Bolton additionally recounts that Mr. Trump repeatedly expressed curiosity in invading Venezuela, an concept he has hinted at publicly, although not lately. Mr. Bolton writes that, in August 2018, the White Home chief of workers on the time, John F. Kelly, informed him that Mr. Trump “says it could be ‘cool’ to invade Venezuela.”
Increasing his message to incorporate new condemnations of Cuba, which the president denounces for its communist authorities and for its assist of Mr. Maduro, Mr. Trump sought on Friday to depict Mr. Biden as sympathetic to their socialist insurance policies and as a automobile for the American left to hold them out in the USA.
“Joe Biden and the novel left try to impose the identical system — socialism-plus — in America,” Mr. Trump stated. “Biden is a puppet of Bernie Sanders, A.O.C. and the novel left,” he added, utilizing an acronym for the liberal Democratic consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.