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    PENCE URGES LATIN AMERICAN ALLIES TO ISOLATE VENEZUELA

    Pence urges Latin American allies to isolate Venezuela
    By ken thomas, associated press

    LIMA, Peru — Apr 13, 2018, 9:28 PM ET

    Showing solidarity with opposition leaders, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged Latin American allies on Friday to further isolate Venezuela, suggesting the Trump administration would seek additional sanctions to counter the country's political crisis.

    Pence, in Lima for the Summit of the Americas, was whisked away from the gathering and to his hotel shortly before President Donald Trump announced retaliatory strikes in Syria for apparent chemical weapons use. Pence had been scheduled to attend a banquet hosted by Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Friday night, and it was not immediately clear if he would still attend.

    The vice president announced that the U.S. would provide nearly $16 million in humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans who have fled their country under the rule of President Nicolas Maduro.

    "We want one message to be clear: We are with the people of Venezuela," Pence said at the U.S.ambassador's residence, seated with a group of Venezuelan opposition leaders.The vice president called Maduro's government a "dictatorship" and said the U.S. would continue to push a hard line against the country's leadership.

    "The U.S. and our allies, I believe, are prepared to do much more," Pence said, accusing Maduro of" refusing humanitarian aid to be delivered to Venezuela." He said theU.S. would push "additional sanctions, additional isolation and additional diplomatic pressure — beginning in our hemisphere but across the wider world."

    Pence is subbing for President Donald Trump after the president pulled out of his first planned visit to Latin Americat o manage the U.S. response to an apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria.

    The White Housesaid Pence would sit down Saturday with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has yet to meet with Trump in an impasse over the wall Trump has pledged to build along the U.S.-Mexico border. Pence's meeting with Pena Nieto will follow Trump's calls to send National Guard troops to the border. That adds further tensions as the neighbors, along with Canada, work to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

    In a series of meetings with Latin American leaders, Pence plans to promote good governance and democratic institutions and urge allies to maintain pressure on Maduro. The U.S. has sanctioned Maduro and dozens of top officials, accusing the country of human rights abuses and sliding into a dictatorship.

    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. During the meeting with four opposition leaders, Pence listened as they described their once-prosperous country devolving into chaos.

    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."

    The Trump administration is considering imposing an oil embargo on the OPEC nation, while Panama recently said it would pursue sanctions of its own — the first Latin American nation do so — by blacklisting dozens of Venezuelan officials from doing business in the Central American country.

    Ana Quintana, a senior policy analyst on Latin America and the Western Hemisphere for the Heritage Foundation, said Pence would seek to "continue the momentum" of U.S.policy on Venezuela. She said the "vast majority of the region's democratic leaders have been so united on addressing the crisis."

    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. White House officials said the vice president would emphasize the U.S. as the "partner of choice" in Latin American trade, noting that nearly half of the U.S. trade agreements are based in the Western Hemisphere.

    Yet the timing of the trade pitch will be delicate. Pence landed in Peru shortly after Trump signaled his interest in possibly rejoining negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Pacific Rim trade pact he frequently blasted during the 2016 campaign, injecting a dose of uncertainty among U.S. trading partners.

    Richard Feinberg, a senior fellow in the Latin America Initiative at the Brookings Institution, said it would be difficult for the U.S. to make a case to become the "preferential trading partner" as Trump seeks to upend trade agreements.

    "If it means reliable, predictable, Trump is the opposite," Feinberg said. "If preferred means lowering trade barriers, Trump is the opposite of that. He's talking about higher trade barriers and tariffs."

    Trump, meanwhile, has long assailed the impact of NAFTA on U.S. workers and has insisted on a new round of negotiations between the U.S., Canada and Mexico on NAFTA. In addition to Pena Nieto, Pence is also planning to meet in Lima with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

    The U.S. president has been pushing a tougher line on immigration and seeking stronger protections along the U.S.-Mexican border in recent weeks. The president's recent tweets called on Mexico to halt "caravans" of migrants, many from Honduras, a message that Pence may be asked about in his discussions.

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    So this trip COST US another $16 million bucks!!!


    And they are coming here for Asylum!!!

    NO...we do not want them.


    EVERY TRIP WE TAKE TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY THEY HAVE THEIR GRUBBY PAWS OUT FOR OUR MONEY AND THE INTENTION OF DUMPING PEOPLE ON OUR SOIL!!!

    STAY HOME...STOP GOING TO THESE COUNTRIES AND STOP TAKING MONEY OUT OF OUR WALLETS TO PAY FOR THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS!

    $16 MILLION THAT SHOULD BE PAYING FOR THE WALL...OUR MONEY...OUR WALL AND WE WANT IT NOW!

    THEY HAVE A BIG OCEAN FULL OF FISH THAT CAN GO CATCH AND EAT!

    WE ARE NOT WITH THOSE PEOPLE! WE ARE NOT THE WORLD'S ATM MACHINE

    GO HOME AND FIGHT YOUR OWN BATTLES! WE DID...SO CAN YOU!
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    NO MORE FOREIGN AID TO ANYONE. END IT ALL. I imagine it was in that stupid spending bill no one read. UGH!! NEVER AGAIN!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    NO MORE FOREIGN AID TO ANYONE. END IT ALL. I imagine it was in that stupid spending bill no one read. UGH!! NEVER AGAIN!!
    I posted in a previous thread that they would have their grubby paws out!

    I am sick to death of these people!

    We all need to report to ICE anything we see, we need to get 63 MILLION DEPLORABLES fired up and stop the bleeding of OUR tax dollars, stop the invasion of our country from around the World!

    All employers need to FIRE ILLEGAL ALIENS and do the right this for this country.

    It is not just crummy Mexico and Central America now...this is full blown invasion spreading like cancer that is going to cripple us all!!!
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    LOL!! YES YOU DID WISE ONE!!!



    I agree with every word of your post!! Time for the Deplorables to unite and stop it with mixed messaging. We must lay it all out loud and clear in a united voice (you know like the Democrats do so well, the only thing they do well, but they do do that one thing well).
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    The vice president announced that the U.S. would provide nearly $16 million in humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans who have fled their country under the rule of President Nicolas Maduro.

    "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" ** Edmund Burke**

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beezer View Post
    So this trip COST US another $16 million bucks!!!


    And they are coming here for Asylum!!!

    NO...we do not want them.


    EVERY TRIP WE TAKE TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY THEY HAVE THEIR GRUBBY PAWS OUT FOR OUR MONEY AND THE INTENTION OF DUMPING PEOPLE ON OUR SOIL!!!

    STAY HOME...STOP GOING TO THESE COUNTRIES AND STOP TAKING MONEY OUT OF OUR WALLETS TO PAY FOR THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS!

    $16 MILLION THAT SHOULD BE PAYING FOR THE WALL...OUR MONEY...OUR WALL AND WE WANT IT NOW!

    THEY HAVE A BIG OCEAN FULL OF FISH THAT CAN GO CATCH AND EAT!

    WE ARE NOT WITH THOSE PEOPLE! WE ARE NOT THE WORLD'S ATM MACHINE

    GO HOME AND FIGHT YOUR OWN BATTLES! WE DID...SO CAN YOU!
    $16 million can buy
    - a lot of medicine for our vets or
    - raises for our teachers
    - food for hungry Americans
    - low cost housing for the poor
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    So all these countries OUR government gives OUR money to that WE object to...when do they PAY IT BACK!!!

    They have oil...go TAKE IT...pay us back for this!

    They have land, they have resources, they have beautiful coastlines, they have an OCEAN FULL OF FISH.

    STOP GIVING OUR MONEY AWAY AND STOP DUMPING THESE PEOPLE ON OUR SOIL ON THE BACKS OF HARD WORKING US TAXPAYERS!!

    HOW ABOUT ALL THE OIL IN SYRIA!!! GO TAKE THE DAMN STUFF...SELL IT AND PAY US BACK!!!
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