Trump to skip South America summit to focus on Syria

The summit ‘s success will depend partly on how Trump interprets the National Security Strategy

The possible presence of Trump at the Summit of the Americas in Lima was seen as a cause of tension in the meeting, as the president was with an agenda aimed at seeking regional support for his hostile stance against Venezuela, as confirmed by his administration on Monday.

This will be the first time that a US president didn't attend the Summit of the Americas.

"We're going to miss him", said Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo, who is expected to talk about efforts to update the North American Free Trade Agreement with his counterparts from the United States and Canada. "The President will remain in the U.S. to oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world". "Venezuela is definitely going move to the back-burner of the summit".

The White House did not respond to requests for a response. Maduro is consolidating power amid an economic crisis that has flooded neighboring states with refugees. But two days before the event, the embattled president cited that since Peru "had removed all the security guarantees for the Venezuelan delegation", he would stay home. Last month, the host country Peru appointed a new president after Pedro Pablo Kuczynski abruptly resigned over graft allegations.

The summit would have been Trump's first trip to the region.

"There is nothing that focuses the bureaucracy or the news cycle like the president of the United States", said Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Washington-based Council of the Americas who testified before Congress about the summit Tuesday.

The Peruvian leader again tried to calm fears that Mr.

Peru uninvited Maduro from the summit earlier this year as it condemned the election.

"Any Venezuelan citizen can enter the country".

"A lot of the dynamic of the summit is the corridor conversations", Noriega said.

"In Panama, in 2015, [and] in Colombia, in 2012, there was no agreed-upon declaration", Mr. Vizcarra recalled. In that time, however, he has undertaken more distant trips to Europe, Asia and the Middle East on several occassions. In steps Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fl.

Jorge Castro, head of the Institute of Strategic Planning (IPE) in Argentina, said Trump cancellation of the visit "is quite revealing, it shows the USA priorities are elsewhere".

Trump had planned to stop in Bogota, Colombia, but that visit was canceled altogether.

Pence's deputy chief of staff said the vice president "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".

"That he was going to be subject to a lot of criticism from leaders that he had sit around the table with", Mr. Trinkunas observed, "probably didn't make this a trip that the president was looking forward to".



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