Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump to skip South America summit, will send Pence

Trump to skip South America summit, will send Pence

Syria and Russian Federation have denied there was a chemical weapons attack and have proposed global inspections. On the whole, the Assad's attacks on the Eastern Ghouta area of #Syria going back to February are reported to left a total of more than 1,700 civilians dead.

President Donald Trump has scrapped plans to travel to Peru and Colombia this week, choosing to remain in the U.S.to oversee the American response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria.

White House officials said the decision to miss the summit was made Monday, adding that the raid of the office of Trump attorney Michael Cohen was not a factor in the decision.

During that trip, Pence met with the presidents of Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Panama to negotiate trade deals and discuss concerns about Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime, which has been described as increasingly dictatorial by the US and Colombia. "The President will remain in the United States to oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world". We continue to be seen as its backyard.

Jarrod Agen, Vice President Mike Pence's deputy chief of staff, described Pence as "honored to represent the United States" at the summit.

The Syrian government is blamed for a chemical weapons attack on its own people that the president called an "attrocity". Trump values his European allies and has often said so.

The trip had been expected to be tense and awkward because of Trump's repeated disparagement of the region over immigration, narcotics and trade. He can work on his relationship with South America later, when he can stomach meeting its leaders. 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.

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