The Trump administration is hoping to capitalize on popular outrage in Venezuela — along with burgeoning consensus among regional leaders opposed to the regime — to help loosen President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power.
Driving the news: President Trump huddled at the White House Tuesday with Vice President Pence, National Security Advisor John Bolton and Florida politicians — Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart — to discuss Venezuela. Pence, meanwhile, delivered a video message to the Venezuelan people declaring Maduro “a dictator with no legitimate claim to power,” and “recognizing the National Assembly as the last vestige of democracy" in the country.