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Pence won't take questions from press in Chile

17 August 2017

While Mr Trump won praise from white nationalists and former KKK leader David Duke for his comments on Tuesday, several members of Congress from both parties have condemned the President's remarks.

"When you look at contingencies, when you look at what if - what if the suffering of the Venezuelan people increases by orders of magnitude - what more can we do with our partners in the region to protect the Venezuelan people and prevent an even greater humanitarian catastrophe?"

The conservative former IN governor also did not respond on Wednesday, per an official White House transcript, to questions about whether Confederate memorials should be removed, nor did he address whether he concurred with Trump's having lumped Gen. Robert E. Lee IN with George Washington.

After the meeting, Pence said he will "return from this trip more encouraged than ever that not only will our commerce grow, strengthening jobs and opportunities in America, strengthening prosperity across Latin America".

He's also working to assure the region that the US remains engaged despite President Donald Trump's "America First" policy.

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What Pence has been doing is sort of acting as a translator for the president, saying that while the president said there are many options, he was here to emphasize the peaceful options - economic and diplomatic pressure to be applied to the Venezuelan regime.

"But the president sent me here to continue to marshal the unprecedented support of countries across Latin America to achieve by peaceable means the restoration of democracy in Venezuela, and we believe it is achievable by those means".

In Santiago, Chile, Mike Pence will probably face question over the U.S withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Paris Climate Accord.

The uprising in Venezuela began when President Nicolas Maduro re-wrote the country's constitution, despite an overwhelming majority of the country voting against the measure.

"We are deeply saddened that that nation, a sibling country that is Colombia, founded under the same sword that founded this homeland, would lend itself to that menace, would lend itself to the aggression against our people", he said.

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"I can't speculate what that is because we haven't been asked to provide any options", Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning said.

Vice President Mike Pence says he is standing by President Donald Trump in regards to the president's contentious comments in a Tuesday press conference.

Just two weeks ago, President Trump made his second visit since becoming President. Colombia, meanwhile, exported $25 million the same year, all of which went to Europe; it's expected to double its export capacity through the new deal with the United States to meet that country's growing demand for avocados.

"Our hearts are in Charlottesville", said Pence.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula has become aggravated in recent months due to a series of missile launches and nuclear tests conducted by Pyongyang, all of which are claimed to be in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

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Pence won't take questions from press in Chile