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Colombia: Pence defends Trump over Charlottesville; says US 'will not stand' by on Venezuela03:25

Colombia: Pence defends Trump over Charlottesville; says US 'will not stand' by on Venezuela

Colombia, Bogota
August 14, 2017 at 10:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

US Vice President Mike Pence defended the response of US President Donald Trump to the weekend's violence in Virginia, saying "President Trump clearly and unambiguously condemned the bigotry, violence and hatred which took place on the streets of Charlottesville."

Trump's statement condemning the violence was heavily criticised for not directly and specifically condemning white supremacist groups for the unrest.

Speaking during a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in Bogota, Sunday, Pence went further than Trump in his condemnation, saying "we have no tolerance for hate and violence, white supremacists or neo-Nazis or the KKK."

"I will say I take issue with the fact that many in the international media spend more time criticising the president's words than they did criticising those perpetrators of violence to begin with," Pence added.

The US vice president went on to address the situation in Venezuela, saying "as President Trump has made clear, we simply will not be silent; we will not stand by while Venezuela collapses into dictatorship."

Santos for his part responded to Trump's warning of possible US military intervention in Venezuela, saying "a military intervention won't be acceptable for any country in Latin America." However, he added: "at the same time what all of us want is the restoration of democracy in Venezuela. We will continue collectively to pressure for it to happen."

Mike Pence is on a two-day official visit to Colombia that ends on Monday.

Colombia: Pence defends Trump over Charlottesville; says US 'will not stand' by on Venezuela03:25
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US Vice President Mike Pence defended the response of US President Donald Trump to the weekend's violence in Virginia, saying "President Trump clearly and unambiguously condemned the bigotry, violence and hatred which took place on the streets of Charlottesville."

Trump's statement condemning the violence was heavily criticised for not directly and specifically condemning white supremacist groups for the unrest.

Speaking during a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in Bogota, Sunday, Pence went further than Trump in his condemnation, saying "we have no tolerance for hate and violence, white supremacists or neo-Nazis or the KKK."

"I will say I take issue with the fact that many in the international media spend more time criticising the president's words than they did criticising those perpetrators of violence to begin with," Pence added.

The US vice president went on to address the situation in Venezuela, saying "as President Trump has made clear, we simply will not be silent; we will not stand by while Venezuela collapses into dictatorship."

Santos for his part responded to Trump's warning of possible US military intervention in Venezuela, saying "a military intervention won't be acceptable for any country in Latin America." However, he added: "at the same time what all of us want is the restoration of democracy in Venezuela. We will continue collectively to pressure for it to happen."

Mike Pence is on a two-day official visit to Colombia that ends on Monday.