Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (L) shakes hands with US Vice President Mike Pence during a joint press conference at the Presidential guest house in Cartagena, Colombia on August 13, 2017. / AFP / STR
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In Colombia, Pence tries to strike balance on VenezuelaDemonstrating the delicate balancing act that has come to define his vice presidency, Mike Pence tried to strike a balance Sunday in Colombia between Latin American opposition to possible U.S. military intervention in neighboring Venezuela, and President Donald Trump's surprising refusal to rule out that option. Still, Pence stressed the U.S. would much prefer what he called a "peaceable" solution to the growing political and humanitarian crisis.Standing at Pence's side in Cartagena after a joint meeting, Santos said he had repeatedly told Pence in no uncertain terms that the U.S. must not even consider military action in response to Venezuela's crisis.Pence emphasized the U.S. will work together with many nations in Venezuela's "neighborhood" to pressure Maduro so that Venezuela's democracy can be restored.Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami lashed out at Pence, rejecting what he called "interventionist" comments intended to hide the failure of U.S. anti-narcotics policies in Colombia.
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