Pence justifies military strike in Syria

Saul Franklin
April 16, 2018

Further Pence said that "minimum" chlorine was used in the attack along with serin.

A global chemical warfare watchdog group says its fact-finding mission to Syria will go ahead even after the US -led airstrikes.

Axios reported Sunday that Trump was upset when he learned Pence was hiring Jon Lerner to advise him on national security and foreign policy.

US Vice President Mike Pence has threatened that Washington is set to respond to possible retaliatory moves against its missile attacks on Syria, by Damascus or its allies, specifically Russian Federation and Iran.

As the drama unfolded in the White House on Friday, Pence was traveling to Peru to attend the Summit of the Americas, the website reported. 'It's time for Russian Federation to get the message President Trump delivered last night.

Pence also met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to talk about the renegotiation of NAFTA.

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The Nafta trade agreement could be renegotiated in the next few weeks, US Vice President Mike Pence and Canada's Prime Minister said yesterday in Peru, avoiding new political opposition that could emerge during Congressional and Mexican elections later this year.

Pence told Pena Nieto he looked forward to discussing the North American Free Trade Agreement and a "broad range of issues".

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.

Pence said he was grateful for the opportunity to meet with the Mexican president, although he made no reference to Pena Nieto's call for "mutual respect". Pence, for his part, told Trudeau that the US was "encouraged" by the progress and hopeful it can lead to "more fair and reciprocal trade".

The decades-old trilateral trade agreement has been a frequent target of President Trump, who has criticized large trade deficits the US has with Mexico and Canada, as well as the relocation of American jobs and companies.

Pence left the summit late Friday so he could confer with USA congressional leaders by telephone from his hotel suite about Trump's plans to announce the missile strikes.

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