Interview: Pence seeking to increase pressure on Venezuela during LatAm tour

Cheryl Sanders
August 18, 2017

"President Trump clearly and unambiguously condemned the bigotry, violence and hatred which took place on the streets of Charlottesville", Pence said.

Trump was widely criticized by both Democrats and Republicans on Tuesday after he doubled down on his assertion that white nationalists and counterprotesters were both to blame for the violence at the rally, which was held to protest the removal of a Confederate statue. "These unsafe fringe groups have no place in American public life and in the American debate, and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms", Mr Pence restated.

Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo said Mr Trump, by raising the prospect of possible military action, was trying "to give the Venezuelan people hope and opportunity to create a situation where democracy can be restored".

Maduro's regime has nevertheless seized on Trump's threat as proof of its claim that the United States wants to topple the current leftist government to get its hands on Venezuela's oil reserves, the largest in the world. You had people in that group - excuse me.

Speaking during a press conference in Santiago, Chile, Pence said the United States wants to stop North Korea from obtaining goods that could help develop its nuclear and missile programs.

"We have no tolerance for hate and violence and white supremacists", Pence said. "And as that isolation - economically and diplomatically - continues, the hope for a peaceable solution and a nuclear-free Korean peninsula, we believe, becomes more attainable", Pence said. For Pence to suggest everyone leave the president alone, and focus criticisms exclusively on the white supremacists, misses the point.

And Vice President Pence on this trip is going to these countries and trying to strengthen bilateral relationships between the USA and these countries.

"I've requested of Bachelet today to terminate that relationship", he said.

President Maduro urges army and civilians to prepare for "imperialist" invasion after Trump spoke of "military option".

Pence has cut his Latin America trip short, as Allahpundit noted earlier.

Pence has visited Argentina and Colombia and will end his Latin America tour Thursday after visiting Panama. And it's inspiring nations across Latin America who have followed Chile's lead.

Note that Pence manages to evade the very specific questions asked by the reporter - whether Pence thinks that some "fine people" took part in a neo-Nazi march, for one thing.

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