Trump to Skip Summit of Americas in Peru: White House

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The trip, set to begin on Friday, would have been Trump's first visit to Latin America since taking office, the Washington Post reported.

The trip to Peru and following visit to Colombia would have been the president's first visit to #Latin America, and had already been pulled back from five days to three. Mr.

Trump was supposed to travel to Bogotá following the summit visit in order to speak with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos about matters of the drug trade and an increasingly hard transition with the peace deal.

The statement seemed to have taken some officials by surprise - Mr. The raid was separate from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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. "He looks forward to promoting policy that will lead to an even stronger USA economy and working with our close allies in Latin America to collectively hold undemocratic actors in the region accountable for their actions".

"As you work for change, the United States will stand up alongside you every step of the way".

Man killed in Trump Tower fire
He was taken to the hospital in critical condition but later died, said spokeswoman Angelica Conroy of the Fire Department. President Donald Trump tweeted about the fire but didn't mention Todd Brassner , the 67-year-old resident who died.

The White House has pushed back on criticism blaming Trump for the attack after he said he wanted to remove all USA forces from Syria.

"Trump has no positive agenda for Latin America that he could present at the summit".

Also, the Syrian government has been accused of being behind the "chemical attack" on the rebel-held town of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta region that was launched last Saturday. Currently, the USA has approximately 2,000 ground troops in Syria.

Several nations, including the United States attended an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council during which U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said that Russian Federation was "complicit" in the attack.

Given the complexity of the crisis, only time will tell just how long "long-term" will be.

He also said that compared with countries in the northern area of Latin America which are geographically nearer the United States, South America's relations with the United States are "irrelevant".

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