Who's Saying What on Pence's Trip to Latin America

Geneva Matthews
August 16, 2017

Months ago, when Pence was asked whether campaign officials communicated with Russian officials during Russia's espionage operation, the vice president said, "Of course not".

"President Trump clearly and unambiguously condemned the bigotry, violence and hatred which took place on the streets of Charlottesville", Pence said.

The rest of Latin America - even countries that condemn President Nicolas Maduro's attacks on Venezuela's democratic institutions - have strongly rejected the threat.

Pence said he expects a "breakthrough" soon on commodity agreements with Argentina that may include products such as USA pork, Argentine beef and lemons.

That should be considered only if Americans or American interests are jeopardized by the Maduro regime.

"We need to push the political and economic situation to an extreme so that democracy can be restored as soon as possible in Venezuela". Santos also highlighted the agricultural reforms at the heart of Colombia's FARC peace deal to the former governor of IN, as well as the anti-narcotics efforts, IN which he said the two countries have a "shared responsibility".

His comments were made during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, whose son graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Pence landed in Argentina today, then will travel on to Chile and Panama later this week.

Charlottesville vice mayor Dr Wes Bellamy said he still hadn't heard from Trump, adding that he "probably didn't expect to hear from 45". "This is a real leadership opportunity for him, but he has yet to do so and I've seen some people saying now if he comes out and does it it will only be for show but I think it would be beneficial". But he did say "a failed state in Venezuela threatens the security and prosperity of an entire hemisphere and the people of the United States of America". "Let us preserve it as such".

The visits will not only focus on marshaling support for Venezuelan democracy, but trade and bipartisan ties.

The US probably will seek assurance that Colombia is taking seriously a surging coca production that's been blamed partially on Santos' decision in 2015 to stop using crop-destroying herbicides. He was referring to reports of Colombia's record amount of cocaine production in 2016.

The Trump administration has been putting pressure on Colombia to curb the flow of drugs into the United States, and Colombia has stepping up its forced eradication program and increased seizures of cocaine.

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