Pence to sub for Trump at Summit of the Americas

Much has changed since Obama’s December 2014 decision to pursue détente with Havana

Democratic Senator Ben Cardin called the Republican president's decision "disappointing" but said it is hard for the United States to show leadership on addressing corruption in other countries because of the way Trump has handled his own " personal conflicts". He met with leaders in Colombia, Argentina and Panama in August.

Last year, Washington bombed a Syrian government air base after a chemical weapons attack. The news of the cancellation of the trip is spread after Trump said Yesterday that the United States would have 24 to 48 hours to decide the response to an alleged attack with chemical weapons in Syria, from which Washington wasted no time to blame the government of Bashar Al -Assad.

In addition to managing the potential USA response to last weekend's attack in Syria, Trump has been monitoring what he fears may be a migrant crisis at the US border with Mexico.

Peruvian President Vizcarra said he was disappointed by Trump's cancellation but added that Pence's substitution was a sign the USA took the regional meeting seriously.

The wide-ranging Russian investigation being led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has also intensified in recent weeks, as have converging legal battles pertaining to Trump and his associates.

The cancellation of Trump's trip took some aides by surprise. 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. "Nearly all matters that have linked Trump to Latin America are matters of confrontation, whether in trade or immigration", said Kahhat.

"U.S. interests are not in Latin America, but in the Middle East".

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Pence wants to work with regional allies to increase pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ahead of the country's election next month, which has been dismissed by the opposition and regional leaders as a sham, his spokesman said.

CNBC spoke to an unnamed Peruvian diplomat, who said the planned visit was stirring nostalgia for Obama.

Trump had been expected to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, among other leaders, although the White House had announced no specific meetings. Saturday's large gathering of leaders in Lima would have been the only opportunity for a chance meeting between Castro and Trump before the Castro era ends in Cuba.

Rubio has dedicated his Senate career to the subject, so he can tell world leaders of the continued USA interest and commitment to Latin America.

It's also a missed opportunity for President Trump to push the USA trade agenda with its neighbors to the south.

The U.S. will still be represented at the Summit of the Americas, but Vice President Pence will be there, not Trump. John Wagner is a national reporter who leads The Post's new breaking political news team.

The White House did not respond to requests for a response.

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