Pence calls Syria mission 'completely accomplished,' tells Russia to get the message
Vice President Mike Pence, attending an international summit on Saturday, said he backs President Trump’s assertion earlier in the day that the U.S.-led airstrikes this weekend in Syria resulted in “mission accomplished,” And he warned Syrian ally Russia that it is “on the incorrect side of history.”
Pence spoke even though in Peru about 18 hours soon after the U.S., France and the United Kingdom launched 105 missiles at three facilities connected to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his purported April 7 chemical attack on civilians, in the country’s years-extended civil war.
The vice president attended the Summit of the Americas after Trump earlier this week canceled plans to attend the event so he could craft a response to the chemical attack, for which U.S. officials say there is proof of Assad’s involvement.
“Last evening, the objective of the mission of that (our) commander in chief gave our military forces was totally accomplished, with swift professionalism,” Pence mentioned in response to reporters’ inquiries about whether Trump hastily overstated the mission’s outcome.
Earlier in the day, Pentagon officials suggested they had proof that the Assad regime was behind the attack, but said they couldn’t elaborate on the information simply because it was classified.
Pence mentioned the United States acted after the intelligence neighborhood and allies concluded with a high degree of self-confidence that “at a minimum,” chlorine was utilised in the attack, and possibly serin.
“Our message to Russian is, ‘You’re on the wrong side of history,’ ” Pence also stated. “It’s time for Russia to get the message President Trump delivered last evening. You happen to be known by the business you preserve.”
He also mentioned the United State will mount a “sustained  effort” against the regime if the attacks continue, echoing what U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley stated in an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Saturday.
Pence also stated leaders at the summit, which is focused on the collapse of democracy in Venezuela, saoid they help the missile strikes in Syria.
On an unrelated subject, the vice president acknowledged no alter in the stalemate between Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Trump more than plans to build a U.S.-Mexico wall.
“The United States has a powerful president, and Mexico has a sturdy president,” Pence stated. “When you have two people with sturdy personalities, they have robust differences.”
Pence stated Trump’s contact for Mexico to spend for the U.S.-built wall “did not come up” in meetings.
Nevertheless, he recommended that the United States, Mexico and Canada are close to renegotiating a new NAFTA deal.
“I’ll leave this summit quite hopeful that we are quite close to a renegotiated NAFTA that will be a much better deal for the American folks,” the vice president said, referring to the North American Cost-free Trade Agreement involving the U.S., Mexico and Canada. “And it will have a type of fairness that will permit us to go forward in a productive, mutually useful connection.”
Published at Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:37:00 +0000