Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro says he wants a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump — the same man he routinely ridicules as a crass imperial magnate.
In a lengthy address to the 545 members of a new, all-powerful constitutional assembly Thursday evening, Maduro instructed the nation's foreign minister to approach the U.S. about arranging a telephone conversation or meeting with Trump.
Maduro said he wants as strong a relationship with the U.S. as he has with Russia, saying, "Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand."
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The remarks came shortly after Maduro forcefully warned the U.S. president that Venezuela "will never give in."
The Trump administration has called Maduro a "dictator" and issued sanctions against him and more than two dozen other former and current officials.