Trump to skip 'Summit of the Americas' to deal with Syria

Hugh Fox
April 11, 2018

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. According to the spokeswoman, Vice President Mike Pence will travel instead, while Trump will remain in the United States 'to monitor the USA response to Syria and monitor events around the world.' The news about the non-participation of the head of state in the hemispheric forum occurs only a day after a State Department official offered details of the trip and the Republican ruler's intentions to attend the event, which will be held on the April 13 and 14.

Syria denies being behind any chemical attack.

United States President Donald Trump has called off his planned trip this weekend to South America, announced the White House.

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"I'm not very surprised (with Trump's absence) because the US government really has no clear agenda for the region", he said.

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