| Mike Pence |
(Vice President of the United States)
|Born||Michael Richard Pence|
Columbus, Indiana, U.S.
|Alma mater||Hanover College, Indiana University, Indianapolis|
Mike Pence (born June 7, 1959) is an American politician, lawyer, and the 48th and current Vice President of the United States. He previously served as the 50th Governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017.
Latin America tour
On the eve of VP Mike Pence's Latin America tour in August 2017 to Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and Panama, President Donald Trump threatened military action against Venezuela, which has the world's largest oil reserves. Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza was quick to react saying Venezuela rejected "hostile" threats and called on Latin America to unite against Washington:
- "We want to express gratitude for all the expressions of solidarity and rejection of the use of force from governments around the world, including Latin America."
- "All foreign or domestic threats to resort to force undermine the goal of reinstating democratic governance in Venezuela, as well as the principles enshrined in the UN charter," said Peru's Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna.
Mexico and Colombia joined in with statements of their own:
- "All measures should be peaceful and respect the sovereignty of Venezuela," a statement from Colombia's foreign ministry said.
Regional alliance Mercosur added it rejected the use of force against Venezuela, despite having indefinitely suspended the country last week amid international condemnation of Maduro's new, all-powerful National Constituent Assembly.
- "The mere suggestion is being rejected in a region with bitter memories of the days when the US marines were sent in to impose American interests in Washington's so-called backyard," she said.
Patricio Navia, a political analyst, told Al Jazeera that Pence will have his hands full in trying to gain political leverage in the region:
- "I think Pence's problem is that he is going to come to Latin America and people are going to ask him:
- 'Are you speaking on behalf of President Trump, are you speaking on behalf of the US government? Will President Trump be the president a year from now in the US?'
- "So, I dont think he has enough political clout to exert any kind of influence in Latin America. I don't think any Latin American nation would support military invasion of Venezuela. What I think Pence wants to do is shore up support to remove Maduro through other means."
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