The Trump administration on Tuesday hosted Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in New Jersey to meet with him over the weekend in what officials called a “very constructive and constructive” encounter.
The White House did not confirm or deny the meeting.
Maduro has said that the US-Venezuela relationship is at a “new low.”
Maduro has called for US sanctions on the Maduro government to be lifted and for the US to allow the Venezuelan government to negotiate on the release of political prisoners.
The Trump-Maduro meeting comes as Maduro has continued to escalate tensions between the two countries.
He said Monday that the United States should not recognise the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly, and that Washington should not send military aid to the country.
Trump and his Venezuelan counterpart met last week in New Hampshire.
Maduro said that Trump and the Venezuelan leader had “an outstanding meeting.”
Trump, meanwhile, said that Venezuela has “an extraordinary opportunity” to improve its human rights situation.
“I have never seen a stronger example of human rights than in Venezuela,” Trump said during a joint press conference with Maduro.
Maduro told reporters after the meeting that he would welcome the US, but only if it could show that it is serious about tackling human rights violations.
Maduro’s administration has denied the allegations, and has accused Washington of using “political pressure” to extract concessions from Venezuela.
Maduro says the US government is using the situation in Venezuela as an excuse to “sneak in” US military assistance to the Venezuelan military.
The US has not responded to Maduro’s claim, but it has done so repeatedly in recent months.