Trump calls off his South America visit

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Trump was scheduled to attend the eighth Summit of the Americans in Lima, Peru on Friday and Saturday before continuing on to Bogota, Colombia on Sunday.

Trump vowed on Monday that the USA would take swift action in retaliation for the suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria on Saturday, amid hurried diplomacy that signalled allied military strikes may be imminent. Syria and Russian Federation have denied there was a chemical weapons attack and have proposed worldwide inspections.

President Donald Trump has scrapped plans to travel to Peru and Colombia this week, choosing to remain in the oversee the American response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria.

The White House made the announcement about the schedule change a day after federal agents raided the office of Trump's personal attorney. 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. The United States will still be represented there, but with Vice President Mike Pence taking his place. Finally, leaders across the world are taking action on the Assad regime and we'll see this happening over the course of the next couple of weeks.

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

That summit was expected to mark an important turning point in Trump's relationship with Latin American nations, but people close to him have said that he wasn't all that enthusiastic about the trip and is glad to have found a legitimate reason to call it off.

"U.S. interests are not in Latin America, but in the Middle East".

Pence, who the White House said will also travel to Brazil next month, was last summer said to have been far more conciliatory in his response to Maduro than Trump, who had threatened military intervention in Venezuela.