Trump to skip South America summit to focus on Syria

The summit ‘s success will depend partly on how Trump interprets the National Security Strategy

He has previously called the investigation a witch hunt.

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

"At the president's request, the vice president will travel in his stead".

Last year, Washington bombed a Syrian government air base after a chemical weapons attack.

"It was an atrocious attack".

When speaking on Monday, Trump stated that "nothing is off the table", in dealing with Syria following the chemical attack. Trump's response to the attack has still not been disclosed, but there will be one coming, he assured.




In April 2017, the USA launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles into Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime. 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.

The legal controversies have monopolized much of the president's attention in recent days.

Since Trump took power in January 2017, Vidarte said, "the topic that has dominated ties with Latin America has been the search for measures that will benefit his country more". Trump has vowed to make a swift decision to respond to what he called "atrocities". "When I will not say because I don't like talking about timing". The Trump administration accuses him of looting his country and starving his people. It will be interesting to see how Vice President Pence manages the situation at the summit, and how the other countries react to him. He can work on his relationship with South America later, when he can stomach meeting its leaders.

The trip to Peru and following visit to Colombia would have been the president's first visit to #Latin America, and had already been pulled back from five days to three. Mr. Saturday's large gathering of leaders in Lima would have been the only opportunity for a chance meeting between Castro and Trump before the Castro era ends in Cuba.

Mr Trump's message of America First, however, was expected to be far less embraced by the attendees. The United States will still be represented there, but with Vice President Mike Pence taking his place.

"He looks forward to promoting policy that will lead to an even stronger USA economy and working with our close allies in Latin America to collectively hold undemocratic actors in the region accountable for their actions". (New York Times, Washington Post).

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