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Donald Trump cancels visit to Bogotá

11 April 2018

Trump was supposed to travel to Bogotá following the summit visit in order to speak with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos about matters of the drug trade and an increasingly hard transition with the peace deal.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Tuesday that Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia as planned.

"At the president's request, the vice president will travel in his stead". The news of the cancellation of the trip is spread after Trump said Yesterday that the United States would have 24 to 48 hours to decide the response to an alleged attack with chemical weapons in Syria, from which Washington wasted no time to blame the government of Bashar Al -Assad.

Pence has already visited Colombia as Vice President after he met with Santos last August following Trump's comments that there could be USA military intervention in Venezuela.

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Trump's new national security adviser, John Bolton, advocated that Trump stay in Washington in the aftermath of the attack, said one of the officials. "Russia could stop this senseless slaughter if it wanted, but it stands with the Assad regime and supports without any hesitation".

Trump is also annoyed that the FBI investigators have raided the office and hotel room of his personal lawyer, which the President said was "disgraceful" of them, although they were just doing their jobs and they do have cause to suspect this lawyer of various wrongdoings. He opened the meeting venting his outrage at the targeting of his lawyer, musing aloud about the prospect of firing the special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation, Robert S. Mueller III.

US response to a chemical weapons attack in Syria was imminent, the US President said on Monday.

"I'm going to bet you he holds his regular schedule today", Kudlow said. 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.

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Pence has been among the most vocal Maduro critics, and he is now expected to criticize Maduro at the summit. He can work on his relationship with South America later, when he can stomach meeting its leaders.

On Monday, the President promised a quick response to Syria and met his military leaders to consider options. It would been Trump's first visit to Latin America as president.

"He looks forward to promoting policy that will lead to an even stronger USA 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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Donald Trump cancels visit to Bogotá