Maduro: 'Summit of Americas a Complete Imperialist Failure'

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Jarrod Agen, Pence's deputy chief of staff and communications director, said Pence left the opening ceremony for the Summit of the Americas to place phone calls to Congressional leadership.

Recently, U.S. President Donald Trump directed the deployment of National Guard troops to the U.S. -Mexico border to combat illegal migration and drug smuggling.

Pence also met with a Cuban opposition leader along the sidelines of the global summit.

Pence is expected to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the leaders of Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru.

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. Pence watched the address of Trump in his lodge suite, combined by aides.

Saturday's plenary session at the summit saw leaders from throughout the region offer their thoughts on key issues today, as many carried on the event's theme to denounce political corruption, express solidarity with the slain Ecuadorian journalists, and speak on the situation in Venezuela.

Unlike past appearances at worldwide summits, the vice president had to dive into the packed agenda on short notice.

Seeking rapprochement with Mexico, which has been over the border wall and immigration in danger with Trump, Pence stated the topic of financing for Trump border wall did not develop into his meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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The declaration was met with applause Saturday- but not everyone at the meeting in Lima, Peru, agrees on how to root out corruption.

Following last week's apparent chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, President Donald Trump canceled a planned visit to South America to oversee the US response.

Vice President Mike Pence plans to promote the a steady trading partner and press Latin American partners to further isolate Venezuela during his weekend trip to Peru.

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.

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.

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

According to the US State Department, the United States is providing $16 million in extra funding for humanitarian assistance for Venezuelans who have fled as economic conditions worsen.