What Trump Is Missing By Canceling His South America Trip

Breaking: Trump to skip 'Summit of the Americas' to deal with Syria

Breaking: Trump to skip 'Summit of the Americas' to deal with Syria

Instead, Vice President Mike Pence will lead the us delegation to the Summit of the Americas that kicks off Friday in Lima, Peru. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that, "The president will remain in the United States to oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world", Sanders also stated that Vice President Pence would be traveling in the president's stead". In that time, however, he has undertaken more distant trips to Europe, Asia and the Middle East on several occassions.

On Monday, Trump said a decision about a USA response to a chemical weapons attack in Syria was imminent.

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

In addition to managing the potential USA response to last weekend's attack in Syria, Trump has been monitoring what he fears may be a migrant crisis at the US border with Mexico.

When speaking on Monday, Trump stated that "nothing is off the table", in dealing with Syria following the chemical attack. Trump oversaw that response from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

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"If he does it's going to be very tough, very tough", Trump said.

Asked if Russian President Vladimir Putin bears responsibility for this weekend's attack on civilians, Trump said Putin "may" be held responsible. "When I will not say because I don't like talking about timing".

Pence has been among the most vocal Maduro critics, and he is now expected to criticize Maduro at the summit. The U.S.is working to coordinate Latin American countries on a pressure campaign against Venezuela's government.

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. Anyway, it seems like America will be making huge strides forwards in their handling of the Syria crisis, even if it means Trump missing an important summit in South America. It's also a missed opportunity for Trump to build bridges in the region; he's widely unpopular with Latin Americans thanks, in part, to his statements on immigration.

"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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