Trump cancels Latin America trip, shifts focus to Syria

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that, "The president will remain in the United States to oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world", Sanders also stated that Vice President Pence would be traveling in the president's stead".

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.

Sen. Marco Rubio, (R., Fla.) on Tuesday during a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing highlighted the Summit as an opportunity for the administration to demonstrate its commitment to the region and to promote the restoration of democracy in Venezuela. The United States will still be represented there, but with Vice President Mike Pence taking his place.

"Trump seems to change his mind depending on who he talked to fifteen minutes prior", Lundry said.

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. He will also "oversee the American response to Syria" in the time that he had previously allocated to his first official visit to Latin America (seriously, it's taken him this long to get that together - and it's not even going forward anymore). Several other governments are contemplating similar moves.

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"It's hard to say what Peña Nieto is thinking, because he's on his way out, and he may want to leave on a firmer ground as being more vocally opposed to Trump, whereas up to this point, where he has been soft pedaling".

During the summit, which was held in Panama that year, Obama famously sat down for a meeting with President Castro, the first face-to-face discussion between the leaders of the two countries in a half-century. The decision to deploy US troops on the border with Mexico and accusations that Central American migrants were carrying out rape have also aggravated feelings.

Russian Federation has warned at the U.N. Security Council that US military action could have "grave repercussions".

The summit would have been Trump's first trip to the region. Three major nations — Mexico, Chile and Peru — have all signed up for the Trans-Pacific Partnership that Trump has scuttled, while China's decision to slap tariffs on USA soybeans in retaliation for US trade measures stands to benefit major farm producers like Argentina and Brazil.

He called the attack "atrocious" and said the USA would respond "forcefully" within two days.

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