Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Nafta agreement could come in weeks, say Pence and Trudeau

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence waves as he arrives at Jorge Chavez international airport in Lima Peru Friday The Latest: Chemical Watchdog Group To Fulfill Syria Mission
| 16 April, 2018, 12:06

Pence and his team were traveling to Peru for the Summit of the Americas on Friday when the drama unfolded, according to Axios.

Calling the strike "successful" and an "extraordinary success", Trump said the strike "degraded and crippled" and "significantly eroded" Syria's ability to use chemical weapons.

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".

Pence said he was "very hopeful" that Mexico, Canada and the US were close to an agreement on the negotiated trade pact.

The vice president, filling in for Trump at the Summit of the Americas, said the USA remained "hopeful" that with the cooperation of Great Britain and France, and support of allies like Canada, "that we will see Syria, and their patrons in Russian Federation and Iran, once and for all abandon the use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians".

But much of his focus involved relationships closer to home.


US negotiators discussing changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement also recently floated the idea that 40 percent of automotive production must occur in areas paying wages of between $16 to $19 per hour.

There had been expectations leading up to the meeting that NAFTA would dominate the discussion, particularly after conflicting messages from USA trade officials and President Donald Trump earlier in the week.

Pence Saturday responded to a reporter's question about if the president overstated the outcome of Syria's mission.

Peru's President Martin Vizcarra, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meet during the VIII Summit of the Americas in Lima April 14, 2018.

Pence left the summit late Friday so he could confer with USA congressional leaders by telephone from his hotel suite about Trump's plans to announce the missile strikes.

Pence credited the strong leadership of President Trump and USA allies for conducting what he says was a successful strike with no reported civilian casualties. Pence then attended a banquet hosted by Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra.

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