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U.S. VP to Focus on Venezuela in 3rd Trip to Latin America

June 25, 2018

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will visit Latin America’s largest and most populous nation this week, but the focus of his trip will be the deteriorating humanitarian situation in neighboring Venezuela.

This will be the vice president’s third trip to the region, and previous visits also emphasized efforts to isolate the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro.

“The reason Pence is going can be summed up in one word: Venezuela,” said Brian Winter, editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly magazine. American officials “believe that Maduro is susceptible to pressure from the rest of the region, and they’re just trying every tool in their toolbox to try to tighten the screws on Maduro.”

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