Latin America unfazed by Trump bypassing summit

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The White House said Wednesday U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will attend the summit on behalf of Trump.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president cancelled the trip in order to supervise USA handling of the situation in Syria, given that Washington is evaluating a possible military reaction to the alleged chemical attack on Saturday in Duma, attributed to the Russia-backed government.

During that trip, Pence met with the presidents of Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Panama to negotiate trade deals and discuss concerns about Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime, which has been described as increasingly dictatorial by the USA and Colombia.

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The summit would have been Trump's first trip to the region.

The earlier US announcement that President Donald Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas to be held this week here in the Peruvian capital reflects a "low priority" for Latin America on Washington's agenda, said Peruvian analysts.

The development also comes a day after the FBI raided the office of Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, based on information amassed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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US response to a chemical weapons attack in Syria was imminent, the US President said on Monday. He can work on his relationship with South America later, when he can stomach meeting its leaders.

10 de abril de 2018, 12:49Washington, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) US President Donald Trump canceled his participation at the 8th Summits of the Americas this week in Peru and a subsequent visit to Colombia, in what would be his first visit to the region as president.

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.

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