VP Mike Pence's Pick for National Security Adviser Withdraws After Backlash

Saul Bowman
April 17, 2018

"And with the help of groundbreaking technologies that are advanced by America's private enterprise we know we will go faster and at a lower cost to taxpayer than ever before", Pence told the audience.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday he was leaving a summit of Latin American countries in Peru very hopeful that the United States, Mexico and Canada were close to a deal on a renegotiated NAFTA trade pact.

Trump demanded Pence boot Lerner, but after Pence got the president on the phone to calm him down, it seemed that the vice-president would prevail in this internecine squabble.

The Syrian government has denied responsibility for the attack, while Russian Federation has pointed the finger at Israel and Britain.

The joint operation was in response to a suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma last week.

The meeting between the Pens and Trudeau was largely overshadowed by the air strikes conducted in Syria; in addition, both politicians condemned the alleged use by the Syrian government of chemical weapons on April 7, which killed at least 40 people and injured hundreds more.

This was Pence's first media interaction after U.S. forces launched precision strikes against Assad regime targets associated with the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

While the crisis in Syria was front and centre, Trudeau and Pence also expressed optimism about the state of NAFTA negotiations, the results of which will have dramatic ramifications for the US and Canada.

Vice President Mike Pence says the topic of funding President Donald Trump's long-promised border wall did not come up in his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at an worldwide summit in Peru.

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