Trump to Skip Summit of Americas in Peru: White House

11 April, 2018, 12:46 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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In her statement on Tuesday, Sanders said Trump had asked that Vice-President Mike Pence attend the meeting of the leaders of countries in the Western Hemisphere in his place.

"President Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, or travel to Bogota, Colombia, as originally scheduled", said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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. In that time, however, he has undertaken more distant trips to Europe, Asia and the Middle East on several occassions. Trump was at his Mar-a-Lago compound in Palm Beach, Florida, past year when he ordered missile strikes in Syria in response to a chemical attack by government forces.

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Trump canceled his plans to travel to South America later this week, choosing to stay in Washington to manage the US response to the Syrian crisis.

The White House has pushed back on criticism blaming Trump for the attack after he said he wanted to remove all US forces from Syria. Trump oversaw that response from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

The wide-ranging Russian investigation being led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has also intensified in recent weeks, as have converging legal battles pertaining to Trump and his associates. "I'm proud of that", Mr Obama said, citing the United States civil rights movement.

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"I'm going to bet you he holds his regular schedule today", Kudlow said. Maduro was disinvited from the gathering last month, an unusual diplomatic break among Latin American nations that USA analysts consider a positive sign.

Pence travelled to Latin America in August 2017, visiting Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Panama. It's also a missed opportunity for Trump to build bridges in the region; he's widely unpopular with Latin Americans thanks, in part, to his statements on immigration.

Trump during a meeting with senior military leadership in Washington on April 9. Anyway, it seems like America will be making huge strides forwards in their handling of the Syria crisis, even if it means Trump missing an important summit in South America.

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"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", said Jarrod Agen, Pence's deputy chief of staff and communications director.

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