United States urges regional leaders to isolate Venezuela's Maduro

Vice President Pence speaks in Washington

Senator Marco Rubio and Vice President Mike Pence accompany Nikki Haley at her swearing in ceremony to become UN Ambassador.

Despite Trump's absence, USA officials sought to use the summit to counter China's rising influence in Latin America and condemn Venezuela's government.

For the first time, the United States backed a statement by heads of state from the Lima Group of nations - established a year ago to seek a peaceful end to Venezuela's political turmoil - which called on Maduro to release political prisoners and hold free elections.

Dozens of pro-Castro supporters were also present in Lima and on Thursday raucously interrupted a meeting to protest what they consider Cuba's mistreatment by the Washington-based Organization of American States.

While Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau voiced strong support for the air strikes by the United States, France and Britain, several Latin American nations including Brazil, Argentina and Peru expressed caution about the escalating military action.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was at his hotel in Lima, Peru, when President Donald Trump announced retaliatory airstrikes in Syria for an apparent chemical weapon attack there last weekend.

"Trump has made it clear the United States will not stand idly by while Venezuela crumbles", he told regional leaders Saturday.

"The Lima Summit was the beginning of the end of the Summit of the Americas", he added from the presidential palace in Caracas where he had met with Bolivian President Evo Morales.

Under former U.S. President Barack Obama, the TPP had been pitched as a way to secure an edge over China in a fast-growing region that includes large swaths of Latin America.

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.

Venezuela's two most popular opposition leaders are banned from competing and electoral authorities are stacked with government supporters.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri and Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, among others, repudiated Syria's use of chemical weapons but expressed caution at escalating the situation following the USA attacks on Damascus.

Pence had been sent to the Summit of the Americas in the capital, Lima, in place of President Donald Trump, who chose to focus on a response to a suspected poison gas attack in Syria that killed at least 60 people last week.

President Nicolas Maduro was barred from attending the summit his aims to put on a presidential elections that a sham is considered by lots of governments and that the opposition is boycotting.

Pence's to-do list included smoothing over differences with Mexico, America's southern neighbor, amid unease over Trump's decision to send troops to the border and harsh rhetoric on immigration.

Vice President Mike Pence says there's a "real possibility" the US could reach a deal with Canada and Mexico on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement "within the next several weeks". He learned only Tuesday he would be attending in Trump's place therefore that the president would afford the US response to Syria. He's also expected to urge Latin American allies to maintain pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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