President Trump canceled a highly-anticipated trip to South America Tuesday; remaining in Washington, DC to oversee his administration’s “response” to Saturday’s deadly chemical weapons attack near the Syrian capital.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement announcing the Commander-in-Chief’s decision to cancel the visit; saying Trump “will not attend” the 8th annual Summit of the Americas in Peru.
Vice President Pence will attend the conference to represent the US at the international summit.
The President met with his top advisors Monday evening to weigh military options against Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime; saying the Syrian government will pay a “big price” for the illegal chemical attack that killed over 60 civilians.
“We are studying that situation extremely closely. We are meeting with our military and everybody else, and we’ll be making some major decisions over the next 24 to 48 hours,” Trump told reporters Monday evening.
“We are very concerned when a thing like that can happen. This is about humanity. We’re talking about humanity. And it can’t be allowed to happen,” he added.