Donald Trump cancels Latin America trip to monitor Syria situation

Trump suspends his attendance at the Summit of the Americas at the imminent attack on Syria

Donald Trump cancels first trip to Latin America 'to deal with Syria crisis'

President Trump cancelled a trip to South America that was to have begun on Friday, the White House announced on Tuesday, citing the crisis in Syria as Trump fumed publicly about Federal Bureau of Investigation raids targeting his personal lawyer.

Pence travelled to Latin America in August 2017, visiting Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Panama.

The White House announced on Tuesday that Donald Trump will not travel to South America this week as planned. 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.

On that note, Vice-president Mike Pence will represent the United States at the eighth Summit of the Americas at President Trump's request, the report said.

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Authors information: Philip Rucker is the White House bureau chief for The Washington Post.

Mr Obama told the assembled Latin American rulers that America wanted to help their countries develop economically, but that the old era of unwanted American interference were over.

Latin America analysts said they had expected to hear a national security-focused exploration of Trump's focus on border security and reducing illegal and legal immigration to the United States. "It was terrible", Trump said at the start of a Cabinet meeting that was one of several White House gatherings Monday where possible military action was discussed.

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Also, the Syrian government has been accused of being behind the "chemical attack" on the rebel-held town of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta region that was launched last Saturday. "He looks forward to promoting policy that will lead to an even stronger US economy and working with our close allies in Latin America to collectively hold undemocratic actors in the region accountable for their actions". Currently, the USA has approximately 2,000 ground troops in Syria.

Pence has already visited Colombia as Vice President after he met with Santos last August following Trump's comments that there could be US military intervention in Venezuela. The official stated, "He wasn't thrilled about it, to say the least", and that, "The president made his displeasure clear about any kind of long-term presence in Syria", (NBC)".

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".

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