One officer was on the US sanctions list, but US officials declined to aid the plot, according to a New York Times report

The Trump administration held meetings with dissident Venezuelan military officers to discuss the overthrow of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro, the New York Times reported on Saturday. One officer was on the US sanctions list, the paper said.

US officials eventually declined to aid the coup plot, the Times said. But news of the administration’s openness to meeting with rebellious military officials conspiring to overthrow the Maduro government could hasten the South American country’s descent into political chaos.

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