Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Pence urges Latin American allies to isolate Venezuela

Pence urges Latin American allies to isolate Venezuela

Vice President Mike Pence's office says the vice president walked out of the Summit of the Americas when Cuba's foreign minister was recognized to speak after him. Pence is in Lima, Peru, to attend the Summit of the Americas and called the leaders from his hotel room.

President Donald Trump promised to build a wall along the southern border and insisted Mexico would pay for it. Mexico has refused. Pence also announced on Saturday that the United States is seeking to host the next Summit of the Americas.

Pence said they simply had a difference of opinion and some issues were "set aside, for a later date".

He says they discussed the fact that both countries have strong presidents with strong personalities who are bound to have strong differences at times.

Trudeau spoke at a meeting of hemispheric CEOs on Friday and celebrated the fact that several countries in the hemisphere have shared his government's vision that free trade agreements unlock tangible benefits and middle-class jobs.

Vice President Mike Pence arrives to Jorge Chavez global airport in Lima, Peru, Friday, April 13, 2018.

The vice president on Saturday praised Chile as a strong USA ally as the two leaders met along the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru.

The move came shortly before President Donald Trump is expected to address the USA on Friday night amid anticipation of a retaliatory strike for an apparent Syrian chemical weapon attack last weekend that killed more than 40 people.

Without some of the headlining names in the region in attendance, perhaps the most interesting speech came from Bolivian President Evo Morales, who spoke out against the US government, calling it "the principal enemy against freedom, against democracy, against Mother Earth, and against multilateralism".

'The leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation to promote security and prosperity in Central America, ' said the text, according to which they discussed common challenges such as transnational criminal organizations, drug trafficking and economic development. The two leaders did not respond to shouted questions from reporters about the border wall.

That decision was condemned last week by Pena Nieto and opposing candidates for this year's Mexican presidential election.

The International Organization for Migration says almost one million Venezuelans have left the country over the past two years.

Much of Pence's message at the summit will be aimed at building support for further isolating Venezuela, which has faced a political crisis under President Nicolas Maduro.

Pence is filling in for President Donald Trump at the Summit of the Americas in Lima after the president pulled out to focus on the US response to an apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria.

The U.S. led a missile strike in Syria earlier Saturday.

The U.S. vice president says Maduro has turned Venezuela into a dictatorship. He was sworn in after Peru's congress voted to accept the resignation of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski after a corruption scandal.

Senate Democrats are urging Vice President Mike Pence to use his trip to Lima to reset relations with a region where they say President Donald Trump's immigrant-bashing rhetoric is costing the US influence.

And while Trump grapples with the ongoing Russian Federation investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, Pence sought to draw a bright line against Vladimir Putin's alliance with Syria following the suspected chemical attack.

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