"President Trump will not attend the 8thSummit of the Americas in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia as originally scheduled", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in the statement.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president cancelled the trip in order to supervise US 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.
Syria denies being behind any chemical attack. Instead, Vice President Mike Pence will lead the US delegation to the Summit of the Americas that kicks off Friday in Lima, Peru.
Sanders said Trump has chose to stay in the United States to "oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world".
The South America tour was also supposed to include a stop over in Colombia for a face-to-face meeting with the country's leader, President Juan Manuel Santos, but some sources are saying that this will be canned altogether and not even Pence will go in Trump's place.
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White House officials said the decision to miss the summit was made Monday, adding that the raid of the office of Trump attorney Michael Cohen was not a factor in the decision.
President Trump's cancellation of his first visit to Latin America drew little comment Tuesday from regional counterparts, many of whom dreaded shaking hands with the American leader as he pushes forward with plans to build a wall along the Mexican border and renegotiate trade deals. We continue to be seen as its backyard.
Last year, Washington bombed a Syrian government air base after a chemical weapons attack.
Trump canceled his plans to travel to South America later this week, choosing to stay in Washington to manage the USA response to the Syrian crisis.
"U.S. interests are not in Latin America, but in the Middle East".