Pence: NAFTA deal could be reached in several weeks

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence receives a Venezuela's flag pin from Venezuelan opposition leader Antonio Ledezma during a meeting at the residence of the U.S. ambassador in Lima Peru Friday

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence receives a Venezuela's flag pin from Venezuelan opposition leader Antonio Ledezma during a meeting at the residence of the U.S. ambassador in Lima Peru Friday

The two leaders did not respond to shouted questions from reporters about the border wall.

The group says the mission "will continue its deployment to the Syrian Arab Republic to establish facts around the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma".

There "will be a price to pay" if Syria ever uses chemical weapons again, as the USA is ready to take additional action, Pence told reporters travelling with him to Peru to attend the Summit of the Americas.

Lerner now serves as a deputy for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleySunday shows preview: White House officials talk Syria strike State Dept: No one better about lying over US role in world than Russia US trades barbs with Russia at UN Security Council after allied Syria strike MORE. Both Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto have argued against scrapping the $1.2 trillion deal. 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".

Lerner, who serves as a deputy for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, was planning to join Pence's team while continuing to work with Haley, Axios reported.

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The prospective aide, Jon Lerner, "informed the Vice President that he was withdrawing from coming on board as national security advisor and the Vice President accepted his decision", Pence's spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said late Sunday in a statement.

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.

Pence, who was also scheduled to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, struck a notably confident tone, saying USA officials "think we're close" and were "encouraged at the progress of our negotiations".

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. Maduro has been barred from the summit over his plans to hold a presidential election that the opposition is boycotting and that many foreign governments consider a sham.

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