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Tillerson says Venezuelan president could 'choose to just leave'

Tillerson says Venezuelan president could 'choose to just leave'

During his trip, which will cover Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Jamaica, Tillerson is expected to advance US interests in the region by urging each of the countries to promote trade with Washington, while lecturing them on good governance and the fight against corruption.

But, when he sits down on Friday with Peña Nieto and his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland the trade deal will be in the foreground of their agenda, and he has adopted an optimistic approach, whatever Trump's rhetoric.

Michael Wolff writes in his book â€Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, ” that the fate of Rex Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State, was sealed by the revelation that he had called the president "a [expletive] moron".

"We have advocated that they return to the constitution", Tillerson said when asked during a question-and-answer session whether the removal of Maduro was necessary or the United States would play a role in it.

"I'm a Texan, a former energy executive and I'm also a rancher".

The trip will be an effort to reassure nations that the USA remains interested in a region that under President Donald Trump is mentioned mostly as a source of illegal immigrants and crime.

He said Chinese offers nearly always demand the use of imported Chinese labor, large loans and unsustainable debt and ignore human and property rights.

Tillerson, in Latin America to build support for a tough stance against Venezuela's beleaguered government, make the case for closer economic ties and warn of Chinese encroachment, is not the U.S. trade representative and could do without the row.




U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a renewed call for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime to face global isolation, a theme he plans to pursue at each stop in a six-nation tour of Latin America.

"We share an interwoven history and chronology. We seek partners with shared values".

"The great tragedy of Venezuela is that, although it could be one of the most prosperous countries in the region, it is one of the poorest, " Tillerson said. "In their pursuit of money and power, TCOs leave death and destruction in their wake".

Others, however, said that Tillerson's visit will focus on overthrowing the Nicolas Maduro regime in Venezuela.

"Latin America does not need a new imperial power", he said.

Patricia Zavala, Latin American studies and public affairs graduate student, asked about what can be done to combat government corruption in Latin America.

Tillerson, who received a standing ovation at the university, his alma mater, outlined a strategy that focuses on ramping up global pressure on Maduro to agree to credible elections to ease the country's economic and political crisis.

The United States has imposed several rounds of sanctions on 50 senior officials from the Maduro government including President Maduro and Vice President Tareck El Aissami. The continent's major powers reject the regime, but are cautious about piling on more economic misery with Venezuela on the brink of chaos.


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