Trump cancels South American trip

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Tuesday morning, the White House announced that President Trump has cancelled his plans to attend a summit this week in South America, in order to “oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world.”

President Trump had been scheduled to leave on Friday.

The Hill reported:

“President Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia as originally scheduled,” Sanders said in a statement.

“At the president’s request, the Vice President will travel in his stead. The president will remain in the United States to oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world.”

The White House had already cut down the number of days Trump planned to spend in South America after Peru’s president resigned over corruption allegations.

The Hill also reported:

The Summit of the Americas brings together leaders of Western Hemisphere nations to discuss issues facing the region. This year’s summit theme is “Democratic Governance Against Corruption.”

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