22 August 20194.44 The Trump administration initiated secret negotiations with Maduro's advisers in an attempt to oust the Venezuelan president. This was reported by the Wall Street Journal, citing some sources, according to which the US objective is to pave the way for free elections. Negotiations at the initial stages involve some of Venezuela's key figures, such as Diosdado Cabello, head of the national constituent assembly and struck by Washington's sanctions for alleged drug trafficking.