What Trump Is Missing By Canceling His South America Trip

Charlene Craig
April 11, 2018

Last April, after a Sarin nerve agent attack killed more than 80 people in a Syrian opposition-held town, Trump ordered the firing of dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian government air base from U.S. Navy ships in the Mediterranean. 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.

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.

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"President Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia as originally scheduled", Sanders said. Instead, Vice President Mike Pence will lead the US delegation to the Summit of the Americas that kicks off Friday in Lima, Peru.

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.

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The White House had already scaled back the trip in recent weeks, and one planned meeting with Peru's president was canceled after he resigned amid corruption allegations. We continue to be seen as its backyard.

Since Trump has spoken to him twice since the chemical attack by the Assad regime to talk strategy, French President Emmanuel Macron will likely play a large role in the American government's response to the crisis. He would not describe the USA response or say when it would come.

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The Acting Secretary will also engage with members of Cuban and Venezuelan independent civil society, regional business leaders, and U.S. Embassy staff.

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