Trump cancels Latin American trip, citing Syrian Crisis

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The earlier USA announcement that President Donald Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas to be held this week here in the Peruvian capital reflects a "low priority" for Latin America on Washington's agenda, said Peruvian analysts.

"President Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, or travel to Bogota, Colombia, as originally scheduled", said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. In a meeting with his national security team last week, Mr. Trump agreed to keep United States troops in Syria for an undetermined amount of time in order to defeat ISIS, but emphasized his desire to end USA involvement in the conflict as soon as possible, according to a senior administration official (NBC).

This will be the first time that a US president has not attended the Summit of the Americas, which will take place on April 13 and 14.

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

He also said that compared with countries in the northern area of Latin America which are geographically nearer the United States, South America's relations with the United States are "irrelevant".

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.

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When speaking on Monday, Trump stated that "nothing is off the table", in dealing with Syria following the chemical attack. "This is about humanity and it can't be allowed to happen", Trump told reporters at the White House.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he would not be attending the Summit of the Americas in Peru, which will begin Friday, and will instead remain in Washington to see his country's response to the alleged chemical attack by the Syrian government in the city of Ghouta.

"I'm going to bet you he holds his regular schedule today", Kudlow said. "Nearly all matters that have linked Trump to Latin America are matters of confrontation, whether in trade or immigration", said Kahhat.

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

Vice President Mike Pence will visit the summit on his behalf, but will not visit Colombia, according to EFE news agency. 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.