Trump to skip Americas summit to oversee Syria response

Trump to skip Americas summit to oversee Syria response

Trump to skip Americas summit to oversee Syria response

The U.S. will still be represented at the Summit of the Americas, but Vice President Pence will be there, not Trump.

President Donald Trump will skip a weekend summit of North, South and Central American leaders to oversee his administration's response to the situation in Syria, the White House announced Tuesday. In that time, however, he has undertaken more distant trips to Europe, Asia and the Middle East on several occassions.

The Syrian government is blamed for a chemical weapons attack on its own people that the president called an "attrocity".

The development also comes a day after the FBI raided the office of Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, based on information amassed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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

US response to a chemical weapons attack in Syria was imminent, the US President said on Monday. Trump's response to the attack has still not been disclosed, but there will be one coming, he assured.

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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". President Trump vowed Monday that the USA would be "making some major decisions in the next 24 to 48 hours". "I don't like talking about timing", he said.

CNBC also spoke to Sergio Montenegro, who works in Lima, and he compared Trump with some populist leaders who came to power in Latin America. Pence will travel to the summit in his place, but will not go to Colombia.

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.

White House officials said last week that Trump was not expected to meet with Cuban leader Raúl Castro, who is attending his last such gathering before a scheduled retirement later this month.

Trump has reversed some of President Barack Obama's diplomatic and economic outreach to Cuba, including pulling many US diplomats out of the country following unexplained health attacks on Americans a year ago.

"He looks forward to promoting policy that will lead to an even stronger U.S. 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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