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

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

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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 vice president says Maduro has turned Venezuela into a dictatorship and has brought about "abject misery".

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The U.S. vice president says Maduro has turned Venezuela into a dictatorship.

Pence says he will be calling on US allies to provide additional humanitarian aid during the Summit of the Americas in Lima. As a hemisphere we must increase our support for the well-being of the Venezuelan people and the restoration of their democracy.

With the White House's encouragement, Maduro has been barred from the summit over his plans to hold a presidential election that the opposition is boycotting and that many foreign governments consider a sham.

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. But a coterie of leftists, including Brazil's Lula da Silva, Argentina's Néstor Kirchner, and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, with the support of soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona, buried the idea, arguing that free-trade agreements were an imperialist USA weapon.

The U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, said the new funds would include a contribution to the United Nations Refugee Agency, which is aiding Venezuelans in Brazil and Colombia.

The United States remains very concerned about the struggle Venezuelan citizens face every day to meet their families' basic needs.

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Antonio Ledezma, the former mayor of Caracas, pleaded with Pence through a translator to bolster sanctions against Maduro, asking for "not only humanitarian aid but humanitarian intervention".

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.

Trump had been scheduled to attend the Americas summit but decided this week to send Pence instead so he could remain in the United States to focus on formulating a USA response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria last weekend.

In this version, programmed for today and tomorrow in Lima, the issue Venezuela and its president Nicolas Maduro is one of the most important to discuss, besides the sea outlet demand of Bolivia, he highlighted.

Pence will also aim to counter China's attempt to exert more economic influence in the Americas at a time when the Trump administration has been embroiled in a trade dispute with the Chinese.

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