Abroad during a major military strike, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence plans to address Latin American leaders Saturday on President Donald Trump's decision to launch air strikes in Syria in response to a suspected chemical attack in the war-torn nation.
Pence was whisked away from the Summit of the Americas late Friday so he could inform U.S. congressional leaders by phone of Trump's plans to announce the missile strikes. The vice president spoke to top Republican and Democratic leaders from his hotel suite before attending a banquet hosted by Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra.
For Pence, the calls and schedule changes served as the latest example of his supporting role here in place of Trump, who pulled out of the summit so he could manage the U.S. response to the suspected chemical attack in Syria.
Pence's motorcade took him from opening events surrounding the summit about 45 minutes before Trump addressed the nation on the military strikes in coordination with France and Great Britain. Aides said he had been in touch with Trump "multiple times" as he traveled to Peru aboard Air Force Two and also conferred with national security adviser John Bolton.
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