Senator Marco Rubio and Vice President Mike Pence accompany Nikki Haley at her swearing in ceremony to become UN Ambassador.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is praising a Pacific Rim trade deal that may have prompted a change of heart from U.S. President Donald Trump.
Summit host Peru played down the decision by US President Donald Trump to skip the Summit of the Americas, saying Mike Pence was an acceptable substitution, on April 12, 2018.
Agen told reporters that Pence spoke with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
In a statement, Pelosi noted that the attack in Syria deserved a strong response, but called for a clear strategy on Syria.
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto also urged the Trump administration to join the accord.
The US has sanctioned Maduro and dozens of his top officials, accusing Venezuela of human rights abuses and sliding into a dictatorship.
The vice president announced that the US would provide almost $16 million in humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans who have fled their country under the rule of President Nicolas Maduro.
In his absence, he said he and Pence, who was picked by Trump to lead the US delegation and is the administration's main envoy to the region, would work with leaders to take tougher action on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who at the USA administration's urging was the only Western Hemisphere leader barred from the gathering.
"If it means reliable, predictable, Trump is the opposite", Feinberg said.
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega was also widely expected to snub the event in solidarity with fellow leftist Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, who had his invitation withdrawn.
As a member of the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committees, he's taken a deep interest in Venezuela's vast criminal underworld and its potential links to Middle Eastern terrorist groups.
Shortly after arriving in Lima, Pence said the US would provide almost $16 million in humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans who have fled their country and met with opposition leaders who pleaded for more sanctions.
Rubio said while the president's rhetoric doesn't advance the U.S.' policy goals, beyond the headlines real progress is being made on critical issues like trade and migration.