Trump Orders Venezuelan Government to Release Opposition Leaders

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump released a statement condemning Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for the illegal detainment of two opposition leaders. 

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Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma are two well-known political opponents of the Venezuelan president. Both men, who had been arrested for prior convictions, were released in early July—around the time of the controversial election held by the Venezuelan government.

Overnight, news broke that the political opponents were dragged from their homes by state security agents and put back in prison. Internationally, Maduro was quickly criticized for his actions and the 45th president released a statement on behalf of the U.S. 

“Mr. López and Mr. Ledezma are political prisoners being held illegally by the regime," he said in the statement. "The United States holds Maduro—who publicly announced just hours earlier that he would move against his political opposition—personally responsible for the health and safety of Mr. López, Mr. Ledezma, and any others seized. We reiterate our call for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners.”

Those close to the oppotion leaders were quick to share the news. López's wife took to Twitter to share the security video of her husband being taken from his home and forced into a car. 



The international community, including the Trump administration, has condemmed Maduro's regime.