Trump Calls On Venezuela To Release Imprisoned Opposition Leader
Feb 17 2017 by Michele Stevens
It is the first time Tintori has been to Washington since Trump is president. Both sides have finally come together.
CARACAS The Venezuelan Supreme Court on Thursday turned down an appeal filed by opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, upholding the sentence of almost 14 years in prison given to him by a lower court, defense attorney Juan Carlos Gutierrez told EFE.
Prior to her meeting with Trump, Tintori sat down with Florida congressional representatives Carlos Curbelo (R), Mario Diaz-Balart (R), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D), all of whom signed a bipartisan letter to the president earlier this month urging tougher sanctions against Venezuela.
Armed with her voice and the courage that personifies her, Lilian leaves her everyday life as a mother and housewife behind to begin a road trip in search of justice.
After Wednesday's meeting in the Oval Office, Mr Trump tweeted a photo of himself giving his trademark thumbs up next to Mrs Tintori, 38, Mike Pence, his vice-president, and the Republican senator Marco Rubio.
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Her journey is one of power, determination and loyalty to her country and her family.
"If you ask me, I would say that I do not want to fight with Mr. Trump. No".
This action comes at a time when President Maduro called on his U.S. counterpart to establish a climate of peace and good relations between both peoples and governments.
Maduro said that imperialism is "threatening" Venezuela.
The meeting with Tintori was sure to enrage Maduro, who is already fuming over sanctions slapped on his powerful Vice President Tareck El Aissami, whom United States authorities accuse of being involved in drug trafficking.