US VP drops summit banquet, abruptly goes to hotel in Peru

US VP drops summit banquet, abruptly goes to hotel in Peru

US VP drops summit banquet, abruptly goes to hotel in Peru

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

Pence told Rosa Maria Paya Acevedo on Friday that the Trump administration stands with the Cuban people.

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

The countries, collectively named the Lima Group after the location of their first declaration, have vowed to not recognize the results of a May 20 Venezuelan presidential election that the opposition says Maduro has rigged in his favor.

Seated alongside Trudeau, Pence said there was a "real possibility" the USA could reach a deal with Canada and Mexico on NAFTA "within the next several weeks".

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. In addition to Pena Nieto, Pence is also planning to meet in Lima with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Vice President Mike Pence says the US will provide almost $16 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans who have fled their country during the political crisis under President Nicolas Maduro.

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Pence met with Julio Borges, a Venezuelan opposition lawmaker and former speaker of the National Assembly, David Smolansky, former mayor of the city of El Hatillo, Carlos Vecchio, political coordinator of the Popular Will party he co-founded with opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, and Antonio Ledezma, former mayor of Caracas. 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.

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. The U.S. has sanctioned Maduro and dozens of top officials, accusing the country of human rights abuses and sliding into a dictatorship.

The funds are through the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Peru for a Latin American summit at which he's expected to push a tough line on Venezuela and point to the U.S.as an ideal trading partner in the region.

Pence is in Lima for an worldwide summit.

Reporters travelling with Pence said he suddenly aborted his plans for a dinner and reception hosted by Peru's president and went back to his hotel, in time for Trump's televised address from Washington on the military action in response to a suspected poison gas attack in Syria.

The White House said Pence would sit down Saturday with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has yet to meet with Trump in an impasse over the wall Trump has pledged to build along the U.S. -Mexico border. Trudeau condemned the use of chemical weapons, saying "those responsible must be brought to justice". White House officials said the vice president would emphasize the U.S.as the "partner of choice" in Latin American trade, noting that almost half of the US trade agreements are based in the Western Hemisphere.

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