US VP drops summit banquet, abruptly goes to hotel in Peru

US VP drops summit banquet, abruptly goes to hotel in Peru

Cheryl Sanders
April 14, 2018

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence informed congressional leaders of President Donald Trump's plans to announce airstrikes in Syria.

Venezuela's opposition is pushing for the worldwide community to ratchet up sanctions against President Nicolas Maduro and his associates, as the country heads into a controversial May 20 presidential election that Washington and other nations say they will not recognize. He said the US would push "additional sanctions, additional isolation and additional diplomatic pressure - beginning in our hemisphere but across the wider world".

Pence had been sent to the Summit of the Americas in the capital, Lima, in place of President Donald Trump, who made a decision to focus on a response to a suspected poison gas attack in Syria that killed at least 60 people last week.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has met with a Cuban opposition leader along the sidelines of an worldwide summit in Peru. Pence's meeting with Pena Nieto will follow Trump's calls to send National Guard troops to the border.

The United States already has sanctions in place against Maduro and his top officials, as well as other measures preventing the teetering Venezuelan government and state oil company from accessing global credit through USA markets or entities.

It will be the first meeting between the two leaders.

Antonio Ledezma, the former mayor of Caracas, pleaded with Pence through a translator to bolster sanctions against Maduro, asking for "not only humanitarian aid but humanitarian intervention". In the meantime, US Acting State Secretary John Sullivan met with top officials from several Latin America nations. She said the "vast majority of the region's democratic leaders have been so united on addressing the crisis".

But Ross also said Washington wants Latin American nations to do more to reduce trade barriers.

"President Trump is right to assert that the Assad regime's evil acts can not go unanswered, and the nations that enable Assad's murderous acts - namely Russian Federation and Iran - must be put on notice and held to account", Scalise said.

Qinduo Xu is a senior researcher at the Pangoal Institution.

"If it means reliable, predictable, Trump is the opposite", Feinberg said.

"President Trump is a free trader".

"Pence plans to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the Summit of the Americas on Saturday morning", Agen said as quoted by the White House press pool on Friday. The president's recent tweets called on Mexico to halt "caravans" of migrants, many from Honduras, a message that Pence may be asked about in his discussions.

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