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Pence: US prepared to respond to possible retaliation by Syria

Pence: US prepared to respond to possible retaliation by Syria

He told reporters at the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, yesterday that the operation "significantly eroded" and "degraded" Syrian chemical weapons capabilities and that the mission was "completely accomplished".

U.S. -Mexican trade has grown rapidly since NAFTA, with the U.S.as Mexico's leading partner in merchandise trade, and Mexico as the third-largest trade partner of the U.S. If Trump were to scrap the deal, experts say that it could cost Mexico more than 950,000 low-skilled jobs and lower its GDP growth by 0.9 percent.

After meeting Pena Nieto and Trudeau separately, Pence said he was leaving the summit "very hopeful that we are very close to a renegotiated NAFTA".

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.

Saturday's meeting comes amid tensions between President Donald Trump and Mexico over immigration and the president's calls for a border wall.

While the crisis in Syria was front and centre, Trudeau and Pence also expressed optimism about the state of NAFTA negotiations, the results of which will have dramatic ramifications for the US and Canada.

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Vice President Mike Pence said the United States did the morally right thing when it attacked Syrian chemical weapons facilities in retaliation for an attack on civilians - and it could happen again.

'I think President Pena Nieto understands that he and President Trump have a difference of opinion on that, ' he said.

With U.S. mid-term congressional elections also pending in November, Trudeau said Canada would defer to Mexico and the United States on a timeline. Pence took Trump's place at the summit so the president could remain in the U.S.to manage the response to the apparent chemical attack by Syria.

In condemning the US-led attack, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad insisted on Saturday that the missile strikes would only strengthen his nation's resolve to keep its fight against Western-backed terror groups and "crush terrorism in every inch of the nation". He learned only Tuesday that he would be attending in Trump's place so the president could manage the US response to Syria.

Pence stated leaders at the summit, which is concentrated around the meltdown of democracy in Venezuela, " saoid that they support the missile strikes in Syria.

Pence was whisked away from the Summit of the Americas late Friday so he could inform US congressional leaders by phone of Trump's plans to announce the missile strikes.