U.S., Brazilian vice presidents discuss Venezuela pressure at White House

Reuters | April 09, 2019

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with his Brazilian counterpart Hamilton Mourao at the White House on Monday to discuss sanctions and diplomatic efforts aimed at increasing the pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to exit. In his first-ever talks with Mourao, Pence aimed to encourage the former Brazilian general to use his experience and influence to urge Venezuelan military leaders - as well as China and Russia - to pull back on their support of Maduro, a White House official said. The United States and most other Western countries have backed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president in January, arguing that Maduro’s 2018 re-election was illegitimate.

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US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports would hit "international business trade hard", said the German government on Friday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesperson Steffen Seibert said the tariffs would not solve issues of global overcapacity of both steel and aluminum with unilateral measures. US President Donald Trump risks sparking a trade war with his closest allies if he goes ahead with plans to impose the steep tariffs.

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US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports would hit "international business trade hard", said the German government on Friday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesperson Steffen Seibert said the tariffs would not solve issues of global overcapacity of both steel and aluminum with unilateral measures. US President Donald Trump risks sparking a trade war with his closest allies if he goes ahead with plans to impose the steep tariffs.

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