Trump and Melania reportedly compared life in the White House to being in a Venezuelan jail

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump met with the wife of an imprisoned Venezuelan opposition leader in February and reportedly tried to sympathize with her husband's plight by comparing life in the White House to that inside a Venezuelan prison.

Lilian Tintori, who is married to Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, was at the White House to discuss human rights in Venezuela.

Many view Lopez as a political prisoner who was sentenced nearly 14 years in prison in 2015 on trumped up charges related to a period of deadly antigovernment protests in 2014.

During the visit with Tintori, Trump seemed unfamiliar with her and her experiences, according to The Washington Post, though he reportedly knew enough to have "praised her past a reality television star in Venezuela's version of 'Survivor.'"

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Government supporters try to enter Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly, in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Opposition lawmaker Luis Stefanelli (L) gestures next to fellow opposition lawmaker Leonardo Regnault after a group of government supporters burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly during a session, in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Opposition lawmaker Luis Stefanelli (L) holds the arm of an injured government supporter after he and a group of fellow government supporters burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly during a session, in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Opposition lawmaker Luis Stefanelli (C) helps an injured government supporter after he and a group of fellow government supporters burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly during a session, in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
People attack a government supporter after he and a group of fellow government supporters burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly during a session, in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
People attack a government supporter (not pictured) after he and a group of fellow government supporters burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly during a session, in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
An injured government supporter tries to leave the building after he and a group of fellow government supporters burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly during a session, in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
People react as a firecracker explodes outside the National Assembly, in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
People use fire extinguishers during clashes with government supporters outside the National Assembly, in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
A goverment supporter holds a National flag while clashing with people outside Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly, in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
Government supporters clash with members of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly, in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
Government supporters break a car outside the National Assembly, in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
An injured government supporter is taken away by security forces after he and a group of fellow government supporters burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly during a session, in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH A worker of the National Assembly is being treated after he was injured when government supporters burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly during a session, in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Opposition lawmaker Americo De Grazia lies on the grass after he was injured when a group of government supporters burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly during a session, in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
Opposition lawmaker Americo De Grazia is taken on a stretcher after he was injured when a group of government supporters burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly during a session, in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends a military parade to celebrate the 206th anniversary of Venezuela's independence in Caracas, Venezuela July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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Trump and the first lady also reportedly tried to commiserate with Tintori through a source of their own discomfort — the White House

Melania said she sympathized with what Lopez had gone through in jail in Caracas, Venezuela, noting that the White House felt as confining as prison, two people familiar with the meeting told The Post. Trump reportedly agreed.

The first lady's spokeswoman denied she made that comment, telling The Post that Trump "only offered words of encouragement and strength."

After their meeting, Trump gathered Tintori, Vice President Mike Pence, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for a photo, tweeting a final version with a call to release Lopez.

Tintori was reportedly elated with the meeting and Trump's condemnations of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's government.

In the months since, Trump has leveled more sanctions on Venezuelan officials and businesses, imposed a travel ban on some Venezuelans and their families, and excoriated Maduro during United Nations General Assembly address.

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Police help an injured colleague during clashes with opposition supporters during protests against unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Venezuela April 19, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Eduardo Ramirez
A demonstrator is detained by riot police officers during the so called "mother of all marches" against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, April 19, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
An opposition demonstrator throws back a tear gas grenade while clashing with riot police during the so-called "mother of all marches" against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela, April 19, 2017. REUTERS/Marco Bello
Police help an injured colleague during clashes with opposition supporters during protests against unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Venezuela April 19, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Eduardo Ramirez
Opposition demonstrators clash with riot police during the so-called "mother of all marches" against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela, April 19, 2017. REUTERS/Marco Bello
Riot police take position while clashing with opposition demonstrators during the so called "mother of all marches" against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, April 19, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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