Pence says USA could possibly reach NAFTA deal

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

Pence had been scheduled to attend a banquet later Friday hosted by Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra.

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. - Pence defended the president while building support among US allies for the joint strikes with Britain and France. The vice president called Maduro's government a "dictatorship" and said the US would continue to push a hard line against the country's leadership.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has unexpectedly left the start of an global summit in Peru and been whisked off to his hotel. He said the USA would push "additional sanctions, additional isolation and additional diplomatic pressure _ beginning in our hemisphere but across the wider world".

US President Donald Trump - who cancelled his trip to the summit to supervise his country's response to a suspected poison gas attack in Syria - has called Maduro a "dictator" and unleashed sanctions against the Venezuelan leader and officials.

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".

Saturday's meeting comes amid tensions between President Donald Trump and Mexico over immigration and the president's calls for a border wall.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is praising a Pacific Rim trade deal that may have prompted a change of heart from U.S. President Donald Trump.

The summit in Peru is a once-every-three-years meeting of leaders from across Latin America, the U.S. and Canada.

Maduro was not invited to the summit - but said he would not attend.

It will be the first meeting between the two leaders.

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Pena Nieto's office says in a statement that the meeting will take place Saturday morning in Lima, Peru, where the summit is taking place.

"The United States believes now is the time to do more, much more", he said. He'll also discuss the influence of Chinese trade in the region.

More than a dozen Latin American countries have also strongly criticized Maduro, accusing him of trampling upon democracy by sidelining the opposition and appointing a super-legislative body over the heads of the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

He said the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement is "an ambitious trade deal that puts people first".

Richard Feinberg, a senior fellow in the Latin America Initiative at the Brookings Institution, said it would be hard for the U.S.to make a case to become the "preferential trading partner" as Trump seeks to upend trade agreements.

"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. "If preferred means lowering trade barriers, Trump is the opposite of that".

President Donald Trump has long assailed the impact of NAFTA on US workers and insisted on a new round of negotiations with Canada and Mexico on the deal.

That decision was condemned last week by Pena Nieto and opposing candidates for this year's Mexican presidential election.

The U.S. president has been pushing a tougher line on immigration and seeking stronger protections along the U.S.

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