Sanders said Trump has made a decision to stay in the United States to "oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world".
Vice-president Mike Pence will attend the summit in his place, but will not go to Colombia, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
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.
On Monday, President Trump said the U.S. would respond in 24-48 hours to the latest suspected chemical weapons strike in Syria.
"Trump's dropping out of the Lima summit is an appalling demonstration of disrespect for Latin America", Richard E. Feinberg, a senior Latin America fellow at the Brookings Institution, told The New York Times.
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Activists allege that the Assad regime dropped a bunch of bombs filled with deadly chemicals on the town, killing 40 people (some of them children), although the regime denies that the attack even happened, and certainly that it was their doing, but who are you more inclined to believe?
The decision came after an apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, he said: "We're making decisions as to what we do with respect to the frightful attack that was made near Damascus". It's also a missed opportunity for Trump to build bridges in the region; he's widely unpopular with Latin Americans thanks, in part, to his statements on immigration.
While in Lima, the Acting Secretary Sullivan will meet separately with leaders from Peru, Brazil, Haiti, and Mexico.