Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Pence: US prepared to respond to possible retaliation by Syria

Pence: US prepared to respond to possible retaliation by Syria

Pence repeatedly praised the "strong leadership" of President Donald Trump and American allies in responding to the chemical attacks in Syria.

This was Pence's first media interaction after USA forces launched precision strikes against Assad regime targets associated with the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Richard PenceWhy the Summit of the Americas is better off without Trump US needs to respect Latin American leadership on Venezuela crisis Pence endorses challenger in Texas congressional primary runoff MORE on Friday pledged nearly $16 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans who have fled a deepening economic and political crisis in the country.

Responding to a question, Pence said that the United States message to Russian Federation is: "You're on the wrong side of history".

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Trump often improvises his remarks and is known for bold declarations in person and on his Twitter account.

Pence's motorcade took him from opening events surrounding the summit about 45 minutes before Trump addressed the USA public on the military attack.

Shortly after arriving in Lima, Pence said the USA would provide almost $16 million in humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans who have fled their country and met with opposition leaders who pleaded for more sanctions. Pence watched Trump's speech from his hotel suite, joined by aides.

Trump pulled out of the summit earlier in the week as he set the stage for an allied response in Syria.

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Pence said Iran also is partly to blame in Syria.

A deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could be reached within the next several weeks, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters while in Lima, Peru, for the Summit of the Americas.

The vice president also said that the topic of funding for Trump's proposed wall on the USA border with Mexico did not come up in Pence's meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Left unsaid was whether Pence's overtures might eventually lead to a joint Trump-Pena Nieto meeting, their first. Trump has long assailed the trade deal's impact on US workers and threatened to pull the USA out if he's unhappy with the terms.

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. But he called on the region to take a harder line on Maduro's government, a message he intends to deliver in Brazil next month.

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