Donald Trump gave Juan Guaido the head of state treatment Wednesday at the White House as he greeted him at the South Portico entrance before walking through the colonnade together and entering the Oval Office.
But many believe the six executives, five of whom are naturalized USA citizens, are being used political bargaining chips by Nicolas Maduro's regime, as relations between the U.S. and Venezuela have soured.
Despite Washington's focus on impeachment, which stemmed from Trump's pressure on Ukraine to dig up dirt on a political rival, Guaido appeared buoyed by the United States support.
Among these efforts was Guaido's move to take control of Houston-based Citgo and name a new company board, after Washington recognized him as the country's legitimate president.
Guaido was a guest at President Trump's State of the Union speech in Washington Tuesday night.
Earlier on Wednesday, Guaido met with Vice President Mike Pence at the Capitol.
Nancy Pelosi defends speech-ripping as protesting 'falsehoods'
When asked why she ripped the paper she reportedly told reporters it was "a courteous thing to do considering the alternative". She put her hand to her heart, dipped her head and gave a little bow. "That was not a State of the Union ", Pelosi said.
"We appreciate the firm and clear fight from the USA government together with the Venezuelan people and our region", Guaido tweeted.
Maduro's reelection was marred by widely reported irregularities. "But Maduro's grip on tyranny will be smashed and broken", Trump said.
Venezuela has been a top priority in Latin America for the Trump administration, which a year ago was the first among a coalition of governments to recognize Guaido as president.
For Trump, however, Venezuela has also become a political byword for socialism as he attacks the rival Democratic Party for proposed reforms such as expanding health care coverage.
'As we restore American leadership throughout the world, we are once again standing up for freedom in our hemisphere, ' Trump said during his third State of the Union speech.
A separate government statement hit out at Guaido, denouncing the "shameful complicity of those dedicated to selling their homeland for humiliating crumbs tossed to them by their boss, Mr Trump". "He'd be in Venezuela", Schumer said.