America trip to focus on response to Syria

America trip to focus on response to Syria

The reason that Trump has chose to make this change and cancel his trip in favour of handling the United States response to the escalating crisis in Syria was that he needs "to monitor developments around the world" as other national leaders respond to the situation.

Trump was to have travelled to Lima, Peru, on Friday for the Summit of the Americas, and then to Bogota, Colombia, for meetings on Sunday with President Juan Manuel Santos.

Pence has already visited Colombia as Vice President after he met with Santos last August following Trump's comments that there could be USA military intervention in Venezuela.

The Trump administration, backed by France and Britain, began making a circumstantial case that Syria and its Russian and Iranian partners bore direct responsibility for the deaths of over 50 people in the opposition-held town of Douma, outside Damascus.

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".

Trump is also annoyed that the FBI investigators have raided the office and hotel room of his personal lawyer, which the President said was "disgraceful" of them, although they were just doing their jobs and they do have cause to suspect this lawyer of various wrongdoings.




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.

"We can't let atrocities like we all witnessed ... we can't let that happen", he told reporters. "When I will not say because I don't like talking about timing". The U.S.is working to coordinate Latin American countries on a pressure campaign against Venezuela's government. Pence will travel to the summit in his place, but will not go to Colombia.

The summit would have put Trump face-to-face with Central and South American officials he has sharply criticized over immigration into the United States.

This will be the second trip to the region for Vice President Mike Pence.

Mr Trump's message of America First, however, was expected to be far less embraced by the attendees. "At the President's request, the Vice President will travel in his stead".

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