In February, Donald and Melania met with Lilian Tintori, the Venezuelan opposition leader’s wife. They tried to sympathize with what her husband, Leopoldo Lopez, was going through and reportedly compared living in the White House to life in a Venezuelan prison.
Tintori came to the White House to discuss human rights in Venezuela.
Reportedly, Titori was happy with the meeting and how Trump condemned the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
Lopez is viewed as a political prisoner who has been incarcerated for roughly 14 years on false charges that are linked to the deadly anti-government protests that occurred in 2014.
When Tintori visited, Trump didn’t seem to really know who she was or what she had gone through. However, he “praised her past as a reality television star in Venezuela’s version of Survivor.”
Melania and Donald reportedly tried to empathize with her through their own discomfort- being in the White House.
According to two people who are familiar with the meeting, Melania stated that she understood what Lopez when she was in jail in Caracas, Venezuela. Melania said she felt as if she was confined in a prison and Donald agreed with Melania.
Melania’s spokeswoman tried to deny the comment Melania made, saying they “only offered words of encouragement and strength.”
Since the meeting, Trump has placed more sanctions on Venezuelan officials and businesses, while placing a travel ban on some of the people. Also during the United Nations General Assembly address, he excoriated Maduro.
After their meeting, Trump took a picture with Tintori, Vice President Mike Pence, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL.) and tweeted about it. He also added a blurb to release Lopez.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017
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