The Eighth Summit of the Americas Hosted by Peru


Vice President Mike Pence says the USA will provide almost $16 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans who have fled their country during the political crisis under President Nicolas Maduro. There was a vision until 2005: it was called the Free Trade Area of the Americas.

The first leader to arrive in the Peruvian capital was Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno, who returned to home hours later to monitor closely the case of kidnapped journalists, summit organizers told reporters.

Opposition leader David Smolansky says Maduro's government "has become a threat to the region".

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is praising a Pacific Rim trade deal that may have prompted a change of heart from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Agen says Pence was unable to reach Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer before the speech but planned to speak to him afterward. But a coterie of leftists, including Brazil's Lula da Silva, Argentina's Néstor Kirchner, and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, with the support of soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona, buried the idea, arguing that free-trade agreements were an imperialist USA weapon. They include National Assembly President Julio Borges and former Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma.

The Trump administration is considering imposing an oil embargo on the OPEC nation, while Panama recently said it would pursue sanctions of its own - the first Latin American nation do so - by blacklisting dozens of Venezuelan officials from doing business in the Central American country.

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Pence says he will be calling on USA allies to provide additional humanitarian aid during the Summit of the Americas in Lima. He'll also discuss the influence of Chinese trade in the region.

The White House has said the United States is "pursuing fair and reciprocal trade" throughout Latin America and intends to "push back against external economic aggression".

Pence spoke to Trump shortly after the president's address to the nation. "If preferred means lowering trade barriers, Trump is the opposite of that".

Trump, meanwhile, has long assailed the impact of NAFTA on U.S. workers and has insisted on a new round of negotiations between the U.S., Canada and Mexico on NAFTA.

Pence is in Lima for an global summit.

The U.S. president has been pushing a tougher line on immigration and seeking stronger protections along the U.S.