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"Since friends have to tell them the truth, I've told Vice President Pence the possibility of military intervention shouldn't even be considered", said Santon.

Asked whether Trump should have identified white supremacists specifically as a subject of his comments, Pence said: "I think the president yesterday spoke to a national moment, words the American people needed to hear - that we condemn acts of violence, acts of hatred".

Mike Pence said during a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos late Sunday that the United States "will not relent until Venezuela is restored to a full and prosperous democracy".

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his regime quickly rebuked Trump's comments.

Afterward, Pence met briefly with Santos at Casa de Huespedes Ilustres, telling him that Trump sends greetings and thanks for Santos' hospitality.

Trump did not specify what type of options he had in mind.

Last week, the US Department of the Treasury announced new sanctions against several members of the Constituent Assembly who are linked to Maduro.

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In Chile, Pence will face questions over the USA withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, Chile's US ambassador Juan Gabriel Valdes told the VOA Spanish service.

Trump said the crisis in Venezuela was one of the topics discussed during talks Friday in New Jersey with his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. Pence's trip was also meant to reinforce regional opposition to Maduro's government. Instead, he plays the role of a presidential adviser and representative who has meticulously steered clear of Trump's more controversial statements.

Cuban analyst Luis Suarez said that Trump was violating the declaration signed in 2014 by the heads of state of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, declaring the region as a "zone of peace".

Maduro has long insisted that his country is dealing with foreign interference, backed by the U.S., waging an "economic war" and seeking to undermine his government.

Pence said he believes that under Trump, America will "continue to see more unity...and see these extremist voices on the far-right and on the far-left marginalized, as they should be". "For much less, he has accused the US of imperialism". The U.S. vice president has no power to determine U.S. foreign policy.

The Venezuelan opposition party, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), said Sunday that it rejected "the use of force, or the threat of applying such force, by whatever country against Venezuela". If Maduro is smart, he will take Mr. Trump seriously and bring about needed change in Venezuela without the threat of outside military action.


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