NEW: White House says Trump’s trip to Latin America has been canceled in order to “oversee the American response” to attack in Syria.
VP Pence will travel instead, White House says. pic.twitter.com/kjzrLCAzZd
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 10, 2018
The White House told reporters on Tuesday morning that President Donald Trump is canceling his upcoming trip to South America, to weigh action against Syria over the alleged chemical weapons attack.
CNN’s Jim Acosta and Fox News’ John Roberts reported that Trump is cancelling his trips to South America in order to oversee the U.S. response to Bashar al-Assad‘s recent actions. Assad is accused of using chemical weapons in a suburb near Damascus that left dozens dead, including children.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the press pool that Vice President Mike Pence will take Trump’s place at the Summit of the Americas.
ALL CAPS URGENT: @realDonaldTrump CANCELLING TRIP TO PERU AND COLOMBIA THIS WEEKEND TO MONITOR SITUATION – AND POSSIBLE MILITARY ACTION – AGAINST SYRIA
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) April 10, 2018
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 10, 2018
This announcement comes a day after Trump denounced the recent chemical attacks and said the government would make “major decisions” on Syria within 48 hours.
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