The Trump administration sent envoys to secretly confer with controversial Venezuelan military leaders to overthrow the socialist regime of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, according to a new bombshell report.

Evie Fordham, of The Daily Caller, reports:
 

U.S. officials decided against helping the rebels, who were unable to follow through with their plans, according to The NYT Saturday.

It is crucial to “dialogue with all Venezuelans who demonstrate a desire for democracy” to “bring positive change to a country that has suffered so much under Maduro,” the White House said in a statement to The NYT.

The NYT drew its report from the testimony of “American officials and a former Venezuelan military commander who participated in the talks.”

One Venezuelan military leader in the meetings is “on the American government’s own sanctions list of corrupt officials in Venezuela” for torture, jailing political prisoners and more, reported The NYT.

Life under Maduro has deteriorated to the point that Trump himself raised the possibility of some kind of military response to resolve the crisis.

According to reports, Venezuela is now one of the most violent countries in the world. Its 30 million citizens have lost an average of roughly 20 pounds apiece. Almost 90 percent of the population lives in poverty.

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