Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Donald Trump cancels first Latin America visit to focus on Syria crisis

Trump to skip South America summit to “oversee the American response to Syria” Trump Cancels South America Trip to Weigh Action on Syria
Lillian Steele | 11 April, 2018, 12:44

U.S. President Donald Trump has canceled his Latin American travel plans to Bogotá and to Lima's Summit of the Americas in order to respond to the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, according to a statement from the White House.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Vice President Pence will travel to the gathering instead. He would not describe the USA response or say when it would come.

Trump had been due to attend the Summit of the Americas in Lima and travel to Bogotá, Colombia, as well.

"The president will remain in the United States to oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world", Sanders said in a statement.

Trump has reportedly told White House officials that Vladimir Putin bore responsibility for the attack by backing Bashar al-Assad's regime, whereas Russian Federation denies that the poison gas attack took place at all despite videos and pictures shared on social media and news sites.

Trump's new national security adviser, John Bolton, advocated that Trump stay in Washington in the aftermath of the attack, said one of the officials.

The cancellation comes during an unusually chaotic period of Trump's presidency, including an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid Monday on the Manhattan office, home and hotel room of Michael Cohen, the president's longtime personal lawyer and fixer.

"I'm going to bet you he holds his regular schedule today", Kudlow said.

That summit was expected to mark an important turning point in Trump's relationship with Latin American nations, but people close to him have said that he wasn't all that enthusiastic about the trip and is glad to have found a legitimate reason to call it off. The U.S.is working to coordinate Latin American countries on a pressure campaign against Venezuela's government.

The South America tour was also supposed to include a stop over in Colombia for a face-to-face meeting with the country's leader, President Juan Manuel Santos, but some sources are saying that this will be canned altogether and not even Pence will go in Trump's place.

On that note, Vice-president Mike Pence will represent the United States at the eighth Summit of the Americas at President Trump's request, the report said.

Trump during a meeting with senior military leadership in Washington on April 9.

"U.S. interests are not in Latin America, but in the Middle East".

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