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Venezuela: Call for military drills after Trump threat

Venezuela: Call for military drills after Trump threat

"President Trump's made it very clear we will not stand by while Venezuela collapses into dictatorship", Pence said, arguing that "a failed state in Venezuela threatens the security and prosperity of our entire hemispheres and the people of the United States". "But the president sent me here to continue to marshal the unprecedented support of countries across Latin America to achieve by peaceable means the restoration of democracy in Venezuela, and we believe it is achievable by those means".

USA vice president Mike Pence has tried to strike a balance between Latin American opposition to U.S. military intervention in neighbouring Venezuela, and his boss Donald Trump's assertion that action is an option.

Mike Pence continued his attempt to cover up for Donald Trump's refusal to directly rebuke racial terrorism committed in his name, but when challenged by a reporter on his claim that Trump had forcefully spoken out, he instead complained about "many in the media".

He said the USA will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles into dictatorship and that a failed democracy in Venezuela is a threat to the United States. "Let us preserve it as such".

Yet a Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee who calls himself "a pretty hawkish guy" expressed scepticism about the idea of American troops in Caracas.

Pence praised Macri for strengthening ties with the United States and carrying out "bold" reforms to transform the economy.

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In the Sunday remarks, vice president Pence said, "The Maduro regime has ignored and undermined its national Assembly". "A failed state in Venezuela will become an even greater problem for narcotics trafficking ... will drive even greater illegal migration across central America and into our country", compromising the US border, economy, and in some cases the security of American communities.

On Sunday, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a senior Senate Armed Services Committee member, said he sees no reason to use US military force in Venezuela. "We won't keep quiet while Venezuela moves towards a dictatorship". "We have many options for Venezuela, this is our neighbor". HR McMaster told ABC's This Week.

In the survey, it was also reported that 66 percent of Venezuelans would prefer that Maduro's government take effective measures and resolve the country's economic problems, while 30 percent would prefer an opposition government to undertake the task.

But just as important, it wasn't just "the media" that recognized Trump's failure.

"I take issue with the fact that many in the national media spent more time criticizing the president's words than they did criticizing those that perpetrated the violence to begin with", Pence said. He will also tour the newly expanded Panama Canal.