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Trump Cancels First Trip to Latin America

President will remain in US to focus on Syrian response
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 10, 2018 9:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump will skip an upcoming summit in South America to focus on the US response to a chemical attack in Syria. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Tuesday that Trump will not attend the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, nor travel to Bogota, Colombia, as planned, per the AP. Vice President Mike Pence will travel in his place on the trip, which begins April 13. It was to be Trump's first visit to Latin America, notes the Miami Herald, and the cancellation erases one intriguing question: whether Trump would have shaken the hand of Cuba's Raul Castro. (Trump has promised a quick decision on Syria.)

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