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Melinda Barton | 18 August, 2017, 02:10

"I take issue with the fact that many in the national media spent more time criticizing the president's words than they did criticizing those that perpetrated the violence to begin with", Mr. Pence said. Trump has received criticism from Republicans as well as Democrats for blaming "both sides", at the rally. "The strength of the United States of America is always strongest, as the president has said so eloquently, when we are united around our shared values, and so it will always be", the vice president said.

Maduro has blamed Venezuela's economic calamity, violence, and political unrest on the United States and its supports among the opposition, believing the US wants to get its hands on Venezuelan oil.

"Argentina is an inspiration to the hemisphere and the world", said Pence, referring to the implementation of austerity measures and other reforms, including eliminating fuel subsidies and foreign exchange controls.

"Pence has planned a trip that, besides Argentina, includes Colombia, Chile and Panama, with the sole declared objective of pressuring our countries even more to further close the circle around Venezuela", said Oscar Laborde in an interview with Xinhua. He said that both he and the president have been clear about condensing the violence.

"We're also praying that in America that we will not allow the few to divide the many", Pence continued.

The vice president railed against Venezuela's descent into crisis, saying, "the United States will not stand by" as democracy in the country "crumbles".

Mike Pence is returning to the US a day early from his South American tour, which is ending in Panama today.

Pence's heart may have been at the Charlottesville memorial for Heyer, but viewers also have come to expect the President, or some stand-in, be in attendance at these somber headline-making occasions.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: The message is basically, I'm here on behalf of President Trump. Other leaders have been sort of forced to respond to this, and Latin America appears to be quite united that they do not want USA military intervention in Venezuela.

At a press conference on Wednesday, a reporter asked Pence three questions, all of which he effectively dodged.

Vice President Pence thanked Chile for its public condemnation and diplomatic support, reiterating President Trump's commitment to work with regional and global partners to use all available diplomatic and economic tools to restore democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela.

The Vice President and his wife arrived on Sunday afternoon to the city of Cartagena, Colombia, where he held a meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos.