The Eighth Summit of the Americas gets underway in Lima

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Agen says Pence was unable to reach Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer before the speech but planned to speak to him afterward.

Even though Trump grapples using the Russian Federation evaluation Pence sought to attract a bright line against Vladimir Putin's alliance with Syria subsequent to a compound attack. He learned only Tuesday that he would be attending in Trump's place so the president could manage the US response to Syria.

Therefore he would return into his lodge to inform leaders of their missile strikes ahead of Trump's speech to the nation Friday evening, Pence was whisked far from the summit into his own motorcade.

Pence had been scheduled to attend a banquet hosted by Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Friday night, and it was not immediately clear if he would still attend.

Hours after Trump hailed the missile strike targeting the Syria's suspected chemical weapons - tweeting, "Mission Accomplished!"

Unlike past appearances at global summits, the vice president had to dive into the packed agenda on short notice.

Relations between the countries have also been strained amid mysterious sonic attacks that US diplomats in Havana say have left them with ailments including headaches, hearing problems and concussions. -Mexican border. White House aides said Pence does not have any meetings planned with the Mexican delegation.

It will be the first meeting between the two leaders.

A dozen countries in the region have already been turning up the pressure on socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and are expected to back a statement on the sidelines of the summit condemning the widely-criticized May 20 election. "The best way into Russian Federation is that you're around the wrong aspect of history", Pence said.

Seeking rapprochement with Mexico, which has been at odds with Trump over the border wall and immigration, Pence said the topic of funding for Trump's long-promised border wall did not come up in his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. He also assailed the United States as the biggest threat to world peace and democracy.

It will be Pence's second trip to the region _ he traveled to Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Panama last August. He added that the USA will not "stand by idly" as Venezuela "crumbles" and would work with its regional partners to restore Venezuelans' democratic "birthright".

Pence is in Lima for an global summit. They include National Assembly President Julio Borges and former Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma.

And while Trump grapples with the ongoing Russian Federation investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, Pence sought to draw a bright line against Vladimir Putin's alliance with Syria following the suspected chemical attack. And with tensions simmering over trade, Pence expressed hope alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the three nations could soon agree to a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.

After noting that the theme of this year's Summit of the Americas is stopping corruption, the Granma journalist asked Rubio if he would continue accepting money from the NRA after the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told the summit that Washington would not "cede leadership" to China in Latin America. The vice president is also expected to try to counter Chinese attempts to increase its economic influence in the Americas.