Trump's absence at Americas summit shows Washington's attitude to LatAm

The summit ‘s success will depend partly on how Trump interprets the National Security Strategy

The summit ‘s success will depend partly on how Trump interprets the National Security Strategy

'President Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, nor will he travel to Bogota, Colombia, as he was originally scheduled, ' White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Tuesday.

Trump said late Monday that the USA will respond "forcefully" to a suspected chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime over the weekend, after suggesting earlier that Russian President Vladimir Putin may share responsibility.

The trip, set to begin on Friday, would have been Trump's first visit to Latin America since taking office, the Washington Post reported.

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.

President Donald Trump's decision to skip a summit in South America might hinder his policy goals in the region.

The South America tour was also supposed to include a stop over in Colombia for a face-to-face meeting with the country's leader, President Juan Manuel Santos, but some sources are saying that this will be canned altogether and not even Pence will go in Trump's place.

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China is sure to come up at the summit: The country has been veering towards a trade war with the U.S.in recent weeks.

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.

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. Chinese president Xi Jinping has made economic inroads in South America for years; the US may try to reverse those gains and shore up economic solidarity against China.

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.

Syria denies being behind any chemical attack.

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