VP Mike Pence is trying to rally the region against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's attempts to consolidate power
U. S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence, greet Venezuelans during a meeting at the Calvary Chapel in Cartagena, Colombia, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Pence is seeking to highlight the growing plight of Venezuelans with a visit with people who've fled the country to neighboring Colombia. He prayed with faith leaders and Venezuelan families before departing to Buenos Aires, Argentina later Monday. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara), photo: AP/Fernando Vergara
14 of August 2017 15:25:43
CARTAGENA – Seeking to highlight the growing plight in Venezuela, Vice President Mike Pence on Monday met with people who've fled the country to neighboring Colombia.Pence visited the Calvary Chapel in Cartagena, where met with faith leaders and Venezuelan families before planning to depart to Buenos Aires, Argentina. His wife, Karen Pence, helped to lead a prayer circle, where she prayed for "comfort to the Venezuelan refugees."The vice president and his wife also spent time speaking with the migrants, listening to their emotional stories. Reporters were not able to hear their conversations, but watched the vice president comfort several women, including at least one who was seen wiping away tears.He said he heard "heartbreaking" stories of their struggle for food."President Trump's made it very clear we will not stand by while Venezuela collapses into dictatorship," Pence said, arguing that "a failed state in Venezuela threatens the security and prosperity of our entire hemispheres and the people of the United States."