Pence: US morally right to respond to chemical attack

Delia Walker
April 16, 2018

Pence credited the strong leadership of President Trump and USA allies for conducting what he says was a successful strike with no reported civilian casualties.

Trudeau expressed solidarity with the USA for the "unfortunate but necessary" airstrikes in Syria.

While attending the America summit at the Washington D.C. Pence said he supported the statement of US President Donald Trump referring to Syria attack as "mission accomplished" saying that Syria operation is "completely successful" as quoted by The Fox.

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Pence pivoted to the US response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria as he sought to build support for further isolating Venezuela, which has faced USA sanctions amid a political crisis led by President Nicolas Maduro.

The meeting with Pence was announced on Friday and follows Trump's push to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S. -Mexico border to fight illegal immigration and drug smuggling.

"The goal of this meeting is not only to address the issue of NAFTA, but also to talk about the bilateral relationship, which should continue to be based on cooperation and mutual respect", Pena Nieto said.

Pena Nieto and opposing candidates in the Mexican presidential election have condemned the move. And with tensions simmering over trade, Pence expressed hope alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the three nations could soon agree to a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh issued a statement Saturday saying "escalating violence through further military action is not the way to bring peace and stability to Syria and the surrounding region", and calling for more funds to investigate atrocities in Syria.

But while Pence struck a notably confident tone, saying USA officials "think we're close", he went much farther a few hours later when he suggested a deal could be finished in a few weeks.

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