Venezuela's Maduro blasts Summit of Americas for "intolerance"

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Pence said Friday in Lima, Peru, that the aid will help Venezuelans in Colombia and Brazil access safe drinking water, shelters, and work and educational opportunities.

"Everyone who attacks Venezuela ends up losing; the Summit of the Americas has been a complete failure", said Maduro, whose invitation to the April 13 and 14 conference was rescinded by Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

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.

Jason Marczak of the Atlantic Council noted that many Latin American leaders are most anxious now about whether their countries are running trade deficits or surpluses with the USA and "will they be the next trade target".

But Trump is hardly the first president to back out of major global travel because of pressures elsewhere. Pence's deputy chief of staff, Jarrod Agen, told Reuters he planned to discuss the strikes in his speech on Saturday and in meetings with leaders.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence are set to meet on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas during a tense time for their governments.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has unexpectedly left the start of an global summit in Peru and been whisked off to his hotel.

Pena Nieto's office says in a statement that the meeting will take place Saturday morning in Lima, Peru, where the summit is taking place. He added that the US will not "stand by idly" as Venezuela "crumbles" and would work with its regional partners to restore Venezuelans' democratic "birthright".

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"I was seeing reports of some empty speeches by right-wing, unpopular, murderous, imperialist lackey presidents", Maduro said during his Saturday speech.

The funds are through the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Maduro has been officially disinvited to the summit, but speculation remains whether he tries to make a grand gesture of showing up in Lima. They include National Assembly President Julio Borges and former Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma. - Pence defended the president whilst building service among US allies to its combined strikes with Britain and France. He learned only Tuesday he would be attending in Trump's place therefore that the president would afford the USA response to Syria. 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.

Even before Trump canceled his trip, Latin American analysts grumbled that the region always ranks low on the U.S.'s priorities, especially when crises arise elsewhere in the world.

Peru's President Martin Vizcarra has opened the Summit of the Americas plenary session with a call for heads of state to approve a declaration with a list of measures aimed at preventing corruption.

After noting that the theme of this year's Summit of the Americas is stopping corruption, the Granma journalist asked Rubio if he would continue accepting money from the NRA after the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

In meetings with Latin American leaders, the vice president is expected to promote good governance and democratic institutions.