The White House announced on Tuesday that Donald Trump will not travel to South America this week as planned.
"President Trump will not attend the 8thSummit of the Americas in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia as originally scheduled", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in the statement. 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.
The reason that Trump has chose to make this change and cancel his trip in favour of handling the United States response to the escalating crisis in Syria was that he needs "to monitor developments around the world" as other national leaders respond to the situation. The president's daughter, Ivanka, will also attend to defend "women's place in the economy of the region", according to a high-ranking official. It would been Trump's first visit to Latin America as president. "When I will not say because I don't like talking about timing".
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The latest development came after an apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria, killing dozens of women and children. Trump made the decision while entertaining China's president, Xi Jinping, at his private club in Florida.
He branded the raid as "an attack on our country in a true sense.an attack on what we all stand for" and also called it a it a "political witch hunt".
Instead, Vice President Mike Pence will lead the USA delegation to the Summit of the Americas that kicks off Friday in Lima, Peru. He met with leaders in Colombia, Argentina and Panama in August.