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Donald Trump is thought to not think highly of the White House — and reportedly expressed that sentiment again in a meeting with a Venezuela opposition leader.
Pence's trip was dominated by the situation in Venezuela, but governments in the region were no more accommodating to US designs on North Korea.
Fallout from Trump's remarks about a "military option" in Venezuela have chilled criticism of the Maduro government at home and abroad.
Trump’s brash talk about a ‘military option’ in Venezuela has left diplomats scrambling to pick up the pieces
Trump's comments appeared to have weakened a growing regional consensus against Venezuela, and now US officials are trying to salvage it.
Trump's latest remarks about military action in Venezuela, apparently made without consulting the Pentagon, could come back to bite him.
"A military option is certainly something that we could pursue," Trump said, declining to elaborate.
Venezuela's military could play "king-maker" in the country's deepening political crisis, but divisions within it seem to be emerging.
Venezuela's economic crash is bigger, in percentage terms, than the contraction seen in the US during the Great Depression.
The deepening turmoil in Venezuela has brought repudiation from around the world, but some of those governments reap political benefit from their condemnations.
Jeremy Corbyn has been urged by MPs to personally condemn the Venezuelan government under President Maduro, a regime he has previously supported.