In firm speech, Pence urges Americas to hold Venezuela accountable
Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the Organization of American States (OAS) on Monday, the first time a U.S. vice president has addressed the hemispheric multilateral body since Al Gore in 1994. Pence delivered a forceful speech about the one South American issue the administration has taken a strong stance on: Venezuela.
Why it matters: There’s no doubt that Venezuela presents the region’s greatest crisis. For some — especially Venezuela’s beleaguered democratic opposition — the Trump administration’s stronger rhetoric and sanctions against members of President Nicolás Maduro's government were a welcome change from the Obama administration's tack.