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Pence tours Panama Canal as he wraps up trip

Friday, August 18, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence toured the newly expanded Panama Canal Thursday as he wrapped up a truncated trip to Latin America.

Pence met with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela before departing for Washington Thursday evening. Pence is cutting his trip short so he can attend a weekend meeting on South Asia at Camp David.

Pence has spent much of his visit working to assure Latin American allies that the United States remains invested in the region despite President Donald Trump's "America first" rhetoric. He has also urged leaders in the region to intensify pressure on the Venezuelan government.

Source: Associated Press