While in Peru, Pence briefs U.S. lawmakers on Syrian strikes

The Latest: Chemical Watchdog Group To Fulfill Syria Mission

Pence attended the Summit when President Trump canceled his visit as he had to craft an official statement and take an action against the Syrian chemical attack.

But that was before the U.S., Britain and France launched the joint airstrikes Friday in retaliation for a suspected chemical-weapons attack on April 7 that killed 43 people and injured hundreds more in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus.

US Vice President Mike Pence has threatened that Washington is set to respond to possible retaliatory moves against its missile attacks on Syria, by Damascus or its allies, specifically Russian Federation and Iran.

Further Pence said that "minimum" chlorine was used in the attack along with serin.

A new North American free trade deal appeared closer to reality on Saturday, after U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence became the latest Trump administration official to suggest an agreement could be reached within a matter of weeks.

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"The goal of this meeting is not only to address the issue of NAFTA, but also to talk about the bilateral relationship, which should continue to be based on cooperation and mutual respect", Pena Nieto said.

The decades-old trilateral trade agreement has been a frequent target of President Trump, who has criticized large trade deficits the US has with Mexico and Canada, as well as the relocation of American jobs and companies.

This comes two months after an attempt to schedule a meeting in Washington between Pena Nieto and the USA president was called off due to Trump's harsh rhetoric regarding NAFTA and immigration.

"Why would Mike do that", Trump reacted on Friday after learning that Vice President Pence planned on naming Jon Lerner, who is the deputy to United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, to lead his foreign policy team, Axios reported.

'I think President Pena Nieto understands that he and President Trump have a difference of opinion on that, ' he said. "We are very close to the kind of breakthrough on issues of immigration, drug interjection" that will be of benefit to both sides, Pence said. Pence, for his part, told Trudeau that the US was "encouraged" by the progress and hopeful it can lead to "more fair and reciprocal trade". Pence then attended a banquet hosted by Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra.

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