Aug 14, 2017 by Isabella Cox

Pence Defends Trump, Blasts Media on First Day in Latin America

Vice President Pence took a moment on the first day of his trip to Latin America to defend President Trump and criticize the media attacks against him in the wake of the Charlottesville violence. 

Wasting no time, Pence called the hatred and violence by name:

"We will not tolerate hatred and violence of groups like white supremacists, the KKK, and neo-Nazis. These extremist fringe groups have no place in the American debate," he said.

He was also quick to point out how the media spent too much time focusing on Trump's response, rather than the root cause of the violence and clashings. 

"Many in the media spent an awful lot of time focusing on what the president said and criticisms of what the president said instead of criticizing those who brought that hatred and violence to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia," Pence said.

The Vice President's visit to Latin America, which will include Columbia, Argentina, Panama, and Peru, is in part to discuss and assess the unrest in Venezuela and the flow of drugs to the US. 

"Venezuela is sliding into dictatorship and as President Trump has said the United States will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles," he also remarked, speaking from Columbia, which was his first stop. "We will continue to stand with free nations across our hemisphere until democracy is restored for the Venezuelan people."

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