Donald Trump cancels South America trip

Trump cancels trip to Latin America prompting relief and criticism

Donald Trump cancels South America trip

Trump said late Monday that the US will respond "forcefully" to a suspected chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime over the weekend, after suggesting earlier that Russian President Vladimir Putin may share responsibility.

US President Donald Trump had been scheduled to make his maiden trip to Latin America for the eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima and travel to Colombia. The possible presence of Trump at the Summit of the Americas in Lima was seen as a cause of tension in the meeting, as the president was with an agenda aimed at seeking regional support for his hostile stance against Venezuela, as confirmed by his administration on Monday.

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Sanders said Trump has made a decision to stay in the United States to "oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world". The United States will still be represented there, but with Vice President Mike Pence taking his place. Vice President Pence also hosted the Northern Triangle Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America as well. And it will be met. "When I will not say because I don't like talking about timing".

The decision came after an apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria.

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Since Trump has spoken to him twice since the chemical attack by the Assad regime to talk strategy, French President Emmanuel Macron will likely play a large role in the American government's response to the crisis. He described the raid as "an attack on our country in a true sense ... an attack on what we all stand for".

The summit would have put Trump face-to-face with Central and South American officials he has sharply criticized over immigration into the United States.

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Pence travelled to Latin America in August 2017, visiting Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Panama.

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