Tillerson Begins Latin American Tour with Anti-Venezuela Agenda

Secretary of State-nominee Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Trump's nomination of Tillerson for secretary of state is headed toward Senate confirmation after several Democrats crossed

Secretary of State-nominee Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Trump's nomination of Tillerson for secretary of state is headed toward Senate confirmation after several Democrats crossed

"In the history of Venezuela and South American countries, it is often times that the military is the agent of change when things are so bad, and the leadership can no longer serve the people", Tillerson said during a speech at the University of Texas.

Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray told a news conference on Friday that Mexico's relationship with the United States is tighter with Donald Trump's government than previous administrations. "It does not represent the vision of millions of Venezuelans".

The U.S. and its two neighbors have been hitting speed bumps over trade negotiations. He will also travel to Argentina, Peru, and Colombia, as well as a final stopover in Jamaica on February 7.

"The development of China-Latin America ties does not target or reject any third party, nor does it affect the interests of third parties in Latin America", the ministry said.

Venezuela's leaders haven't been deterred by the U.S.'s push to ratchet up sanctions pressure, announcing last month that they would proceed with presidential elections in April.

He said more information would be available later.

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The oilman-turned-diplomat recalled that his first trip overseas was to Peru as a member of the University of Texas Longhorn band.

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Freeland said that uncertainty around renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement was not good for business, but that it was important to get it right.

Between January and November 2017, bilateral trade between the USA and Mexico was greater than 470 billion US dollars, according to official figures. He said only that the accord needs to be "modernized" and didn't mention Trump's border wall.

"We do not seek short-term deals with lopsided returns", he said.

He said Russian Federation is undermining Democratic governments through arms sales, which is something Latin America must guard against in order to restore shared values in the region. "We seek partners with shared values".

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