American leaders target corruption, Maduro as 8th Summit opens in Peru

EN VIVO La delegación del régimen sabotea foro en la Cumbre de Lima

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Jarrod Agen, Pence's deputy chief of staff and communications director, said Pence left the opening ceremony for the Summit of the Americas to place phone calls to Congressional leadership.

Vice President Mike Pence says the topic of funding President Donald Trump's long-promised border wall did not come up in his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at an worldwide summit in Peru.

Vice President Mike Pence, meeting with a group of Western Hemisphere leaders Saturday, said the Trump administration's missile strikes against Syria had "degraded and crippled" the Bashar Assad regime's ability to produce chemical weapons and showed the world that the U.S. Morales also expressed regret for his "brothers" in Cuba and Venezuela, as both Raul Castro and Nicolás Maduro did not attend the summit.

It will be the first meeting between the two leaders.

"We want one message to be clear: We are with the people of Venezuela", Pence said at the USA ambassador's residence, seated with a group of Venezuelan opposition leaders.

Recently, U.S. President Donald Trump directed the deployment of National Guard troops to the U.S. -Mexico border to combat illegal migration and drug smuggling.

Pence said in a meeting Friday with Venezuelan opposition leaders in Lima, Peru, that "we are with you to see freedom once again". The vice president called Maduro's government a "dictatorship" and said the U.S. would continue to push a hard line against the country's leadership.

Shortly after arriving Friday, Pence announced the USA would provide almost US$ 16 million in humanitarian aid to Venezuelans who are fleeing.

"The U.S. believes it is time to do more, much more", Pence said.

Pence said Friday in Lima, Peru, that the aid will help Venezuelans in Colombia and Brazil access safe drinking water, shelters, and work and educational opportunities.

The funds are through the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Left unsaid was whether Pence's overtures might eventually lead to a joint Trump-Pena Nieto meeting, their first.

As opposed to past looks at worldwide summits, the vice president needed to dip to the crowded agenda on small note.

Sixteen countries at the meeting issued a declaration calling for transparent elections in Venezuela and on worldwide organizations to "immediately implement a program of humanitarian assistance".

Following last week's apparent chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, President Donald Trump canceled a planned visit to South America to oversee the US response.

The vice president is expected to urge Latin American leaders to maintain pressure on the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

"Canada stands with our friends in this necessary response, and we condemn in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons in last week's attack", Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the gathering of regional leaders.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has told Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto he looks forward to discussing the North American Free Trade Agreement and a "broad range of issues".

The summit gave an chance to press far more isolation of Venezuela and on the case for sanctions across the region to Pence. "We will continue to work with our global partners to further investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria and those responsible must be brought to justice".

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