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Trump cancels first Latin American trip to ‘oversee Syria response’

The White House on Tuesday abruptly announces the cancellation of US President Donald Trump’s first trip to Latin America, scheduled for later this week, saying he wants to “oversee the American response to Syria.”

The announcement comes as the Republican president weighs military strikes in the country — and shortly after the FBI raided the offices of Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

US Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Peru in Trump’s stead for the Summit of the Americas, press secretary Sarah Sanders announces.

“President Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia, as originally scheduled,” Sanders says in a statement.

Trump “will remain in the United States to oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world,” she says, adding that Pence would also make the planned stop in Colombia.

— AFP

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