Trump: Maduro responsible for safety of Venezuela opposition leaders

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (L) speaks next to National Electoral Council (CNE) President Tibisay Lucena during their meeting in Caracas, Venezuela July 31, 2017. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States holds Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro “personally responsible” for the health and safety of two leading opponents of his government jailed on Tuesday.

In a statement issued by the White House late on Tuesday, Trump said Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma were political prisoners held illegally by the Venezuelan government.

“The United States holds Maduro –- who publicly announced just hours earlier that he would move against his political opposition –- personally responsible for the health and safety of Mr. Lopez, Mr. Ledezma, and any others seized,” Trump said.

Reporting by Washington Newsroom; Editing by Sandra Maler