Pence praises Peru's stand on Venezuelan crisis


Vice President Pence met Friday with Venezuelan opposition leaders and promised that the United States would contribute an additional $16 million in humanitarian aid for people who have fled the crisis-ridden South American country.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, Canadian officials confirmed Friday.

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

Mexico's president says "the door is open" for the United States to join a Pacific Rim trade deal that was initially rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump.

"We are with you", Pence told the opposition leaders, in what he described as a message from Trump to the opposition and people of Venezuela.

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 USA influence.

But he says their meeting focused on issues the countries can work together on, including immigration, the North American Free Trade Agreement and combating drugs.

Pence's meeting with Pena Nieto will follow Trump's calls to send National Guard troops to the border.

Trump has long assailed the trade deal's impact on USA workers and threatened to pull the US out if he's unhappy with the terms.

The Mexican president's office said the meeting was proposed by Pence to discuss "the status and outlooks for the bilateral relationship" between the two neighbors.

Pence introduced that the US would supply practically $16 million in humanitarian help to Venezuelans who've fled their nation and met with opposition leaders who pleaded for extra sanctions.

Ana Quintana, a senior policy analyst on Latin America and the Western Hemisphere for the Heritage Foundation, said Pence would seek to "continue the momentum" of US policy on Venezuela.

The vice president announced that the USA would provide almost $16 million in humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans who have fled their country under the rule of President Nicolas Maduro.

This year's summit was one of the least attended yet, raising questions about the future of the regional gathering started in 1994 by then-U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Pence was whisked away from the Summit of the Americas late Friday so he could inform USA congressional leaders by phone of Trump's plans to announce the missile strikes. He learned only Tuesday that he would be attending in Trump's place so the president could manage the USA response to Syria. The vice president spoke to top Republican and Democratic leaders from his hotel suite before attending a banquet hosted by Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra.

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.