President Trump reportedly tried blocking Mike Pence's national security adviser pick

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As the drama unfolded in the White House on Friday, Pence was traveling to Peru to attend the Summit of the Americas, the website reported.

At the same time, he warned that the USA was prepared to "sustain this effort if necessary", though he expressed hopes that the combination of strikes and condemnation from countries like Canada would see Syria abandon such weapons.

"We believe that it has significantly eroded and crippled the ability of the regime to produce chemicals", Pence further claimed despite the fact that the previous USA administration was heavily involved in the process of Syria's dismantling of its entire chemical weapons arsenal back in 2014 in the presence of worldwide inspectors.

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

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Washington D.C. [USA], April 15 (ANI): United States Vice President Michael Pence on Saturday said that Russian Federation is "on the wrong side of the war" while referring to recent strikes on Syria by the USA along with Germany and France.

Pence also said, "It's time for Russian Federation to get the message President Trump delivered last night".

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a bilateral meeting with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, Saturday, April 14, 2018.

While the crisis in Syria was front and centre, Trudeau and Pence 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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President Donald Trump says he is "prepared to sustain" strikes against Syria until the use of chemical agents stops. At the same time, he said, the USA had no intention to expand the strike further than chemical weapons-type targets.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was barred from attending the summit over his plans to hold a presidential election that the opposition is boycotting and that many foreign governments consider a sham.

The discussions on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Peru came as United States officials said they believed they were narrowing differences over a revised North American Free Trade Agreement, 24 years after its inception. Left unsaid was whether Pence's overtures might eventually lead to a joint Trump-Pena Nieto meeting, their first.

Pence said he was grateful for the opportunity to meet with the Mexican president, although he made no reference to Pena Nieto's call for "mutual respect". Pence, meanwhile, tends to be more scripted in his exchanges and frequently glanced down at highlighted index cards as he spoke to Latin American leaders here.

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".

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