Trump Cancels Trip to Summit of the Americas to Deal With Syria

President Donald Trump has canceled his scheduled trip to multiple South American countries originally planned for this week, the White House said Tuesday.

In a statement, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president “will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia as originally scheduled.”

Vice President Mike Pence will make the trip in Trump’s stead, Sanders said.

The White House said Trump will stay in the U.S. in order to “oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world.”

The surprise change to an event scheduled for later this week came amid Trump’s continued effort to negotiate trade deals — and his continued anger over the special counsel’s Russia probe and a recent raid on his personal lawyer’s residence and office.

Trump met with military officials in the White House Monday evening to deliberate over the administration’s response to an alleged chemical weapons attack carried out by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government against its own people.

In comments to the press before the round-table meeting began, however, Trump focused much more on the warranted search of lawyer Michael Cohen’s office and residence that morning by the FBI, which had reportedly received a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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