Pence informed US leaders of Syria announcement

 LIMA, Peru (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence informed congressional leaders of President Donald Trump’s plans to announce airstrikes in Syria.
Pence’s deputy chief of staff, Jarrod Agen, says Pence called House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi before Trump’s speech Friday night. Pence is in Lima, Peru, to attend the Summit of the Americas and called the leaders from his hotel room.

Agen says Pence was unable to reach Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer before the speech but planned to speak to him afterward.

Pence spoke to Trump shortly after the president’s address to the nation.

The vice president plans to attend a banquet hosted by Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra later Friday.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was at his hotel in Lima, Peru, when President Donald Trump announced retaliatory airstrikes in Syria for an apparent chemical weapon attack there last weekend.

Pence was attending the Summit of the Americas on Friday before being whisked away from the gathering and to his hotel shortly before Trump’s address to the nation.

The president announced that the U.S., France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack against civilians. Loud explosions lit up the skies over the Syrian capital, Damascus, as Trump announced the airstrikes.

Pence had been scheduled to attend a banquet hosted by Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Friday night, and it was not immediately clear if he would still attend.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence unexpectedly left the start of an international summit in Peru and whisked off to his hotel.




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