CARACAS, Wednesday June 01, 2005 | Update
Bush "was pleased to meet with her (Machado)," said the White House spokesman (Photo: Archive/El Universal)
US President George W. Bush voiced his concern about the
efforts by President Hugo Chávez' government "to harass
and intimidate" ONG Súmate, after meeting Tuesday with
the organization leader, María Corina Machado, Wednesday
said White House spokesman Scott McClellan.
"The President expressed his concerns about efforts to harass and intimidate Súmate and its leadership," said McClellan when commenting on the private meeting Bush held with Machado at the White House Oval Office, reported DPA.
"The President was pleased to meet with her yesterday," added the McClellan. Bush "wanted to listen to her concerns and hear about what is going on in Venezuela, and that meeting was an opportunity for him to do just that."
"They discussed Súmate's important work in defense of constitutional rights in Venezuela, and especially its efforts to safeguard the integrity and transparency of Venezuela's electoral process," he said.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.