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Donald Trump to skip South America summit, will send Mike Pence

Donald Trump to skip South America summit, will send Mike Pence

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Tuesday that Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia as planned.

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. In that time, however, he has undertaken more distant trips to Europe, Asia and the Middle East on several occassions. Trump has made a decision to stay home to focus on issues related to an alleged use of chemical weapons recently in Syria.

The three-day trip, set to begin Friday, would have been Trump's first visit to Latin America since taking office. Also, his position on immigration and recent comments against countries in the area considered offensive augured another reason for disagreement in the forum.

But when the President himself spoke, it was not about Syria but of his outrage that federal agents in NY on Monday raided the office and hotel room of Michael D. Cohen, his longtime lawyer and fixer. Hopefully this will all be worth it, since the US President has pledged to have come up with a solution to the Syria crisis and worked out what the American response will be within just a few days. Trump's response to the attack has still not been disclosed, but there will be one coming, he assured.

Shortly before the announcement, Larry Kudlow, the president's new director of the National Economic Council, said Trump was able to "compartmentalize" and that he wouldn't be distracted by the drama surrounding Cohen. He opened the meeting venting his outrage at the targeting of his lawyer, musing aloud about the prospect of firing the special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation, Robert S. Mueller III.

"I'm going to bet you he holds his regular schedule today", Kudlow said. The U.S.is working to coordinate Latin American countries on a pressure campaign against Venezuela's government.




On Monday, the President promised a quick response to Syria and met his military leaders to consider options.

And in 2011, former President Barack Obama went ahead with a trip to Brazil while American forces were striking Libya.

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

Mr Trump's message of America First, however, was expected to be far less embraced by the attendees.

"He looks forward to promoting policy that will lead to an even stronger United States economy and working with our close allies in Latin America to collectively hold undemocratic actors in the region accountable for their actions".


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