Gibbs said while Obama has no current plans to meet with the Venezuelan president during the Summit of the Americas, the U.S. leader would welcome any offer of a one-on-one meeting from Chavez, CNN said.
"Every time I pull the president aside to have a conversation we've had that conversation, so I assume he would do the same," Gibbs said in reference to the possibility of such a meeting during the Trinidad and Tobago summit.
Obama was scheduled to travel Friday to the summit, which represents a meeting of top North and South American leaders.
Chavez told CNN in an exclusive interview in February that he wanted to meet with Obama and attempt to forge a similar relationship to the one his country had with former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
"I am ready to talk with the U.S. president," Chavez said. "Let's hope, and I have said this, perhaps we can restore the relations to the same level that we had with the Clinton administration."
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