Why has Donald Trump cancelled his foreign tour?

ImageThe venue for the eighth Summit of the Americas which begins on Friday in Lima

Sanders said Trump has chose to stay in the United States to "oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world".

Trump was scheduled to attend the eighth Summit of the Americans in Lima, Peru on Friday and Saturday before continuing on to Bogota, Colombia on Sunday.

President Donald Trump plans to send Vice-President Mike Pence to an upcoming summit in South America the president has made a decision to skip.

On Monday, President Trump said the USA would respond in 24-48 hours to the latest suspected chemical weapons strike in Syria.

The Syrian government is blamed for a chemical weapons attack on its own people that the president called an "attrocity".

Speaking to reporters at the White House, he said: "We're making decisions as to what we do with respect to the terrible attack that was made near Damascus". He would not describe the US response or say when it would come.

The development also comes a day after the FBI raided the office of Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, based on information gathered in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The list of South and Central Americas leaders slated to attend who Trump has panned includes the leaders of Mexico, Honduras and Cuba. Vice-president Mike Pence will make the trip in his stead. Vice President Pence also hosted the Northern Triangle Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America as well.

Trump canceled his plans to travel to South America later this week, choosing to stay in Washington to manage the USA response to the Syrian crisis. He can work on his relationship with South America later, when he can stomach meeting its leaders.

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