In Lima, Vice President Pence says NAFTA deal possible in several weeks

Nellie Chapman
April 15, 2018

Trump's recent call to send National Guard troops to the U.S. -Mexico border has added further tensions just as Mexico and Canada work to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Pence, meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of a summit in Peru, said President Donald Trump had "made it clear to the world" that the United States "will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons against men, women and children".

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.

The vice president attended the Summit of the Americas after Trump earlier this week canceled plans to attend the event so he could craft a response to the chemical attack, for which US officials say there's proof of Assad's involvement.

The vice president appreciated the Summit of the Americas after Trump earlier that week declared plans to attend the function he might craft a response to the chemical attack, which is why US authorities state there's proof of Assad's involvement.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was barred from attending the summit over his plans to hold a presidential election that the opposition is boycotting and that many foreign governments consider a sham.

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Sharif had been disqualified by the top court in July previous year over the Panama Papers scandal. Tareen too was disqualified in December 2017 for hiding assets and owning an offshore company.


But much of his focus involved relationships closer to home.

On an unrelated subject, the vice president acknowledged no change in the stalemate between Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Trump over plans to build a U.S. -Mexico wall.

Pence left the Summit of the Americas late Friday so he could confer with USA congressional leaders by telephone from his hotel suite about Trump's plans to announce the missile strikes. The two leaders did not respond to shouted questions from reporters about the border wall. Left unsaid was whether Pence's overtures might eventually lead to a joint Trump-Pena Nieto meeting, their first.

Pence went one step further than most USA officials have said publicly since the strikes so far, claiming that further use of chemical weapons will mean a "price to pay" - military action.

Shortly before Trump's address to the nation Friday night, Pence was whisked away from the summit in his motorcade so he could return to his hotel to inform congressional leaders of the pending missile strikes.

Pence attended the Summit when President Trump canceled his visit as he had to craft an official statement and take an action against the Syrian chemical attack.

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