US President Donald Trump is now cancelling his first official visit to South America in order to focus all of his attention on the rising problems with Syria and its crooked leader Bashar al-Assad. Many revelations have been coming out recently about the evil misdeeds of the Assad regime, including the tracking down and killing of journalist Marie Colvin, who had been reporting their war crimes to the world. The whole incident was captured in a harrowing digital video that’s been circulating around the internet in the past couple of days.

Also, the Syrian government has been accused of being behind the “chemical attack” on the rebel-held town of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta region that was launched last Saturday.

Activists allege that the Assad regime dropped a bunch of bombs filled with deadly chemicals on the town, killing 40 people (some of them children), although the regime denies that the attack even happened, and certainly that it was their doing, but who are you more inclined to believe? On the whole, the Assad’s attacks on the Eastern Ghouta area of Syria going back to February are reported to left a total of more than 1,700 civilians dead.

Trump taking the week ‘to monitor developments around the world’

The reason that Trump has decided to make this change and cancel his trip in favour of handling the US response to the escalating crisis in Syria was that he needs “to monitor developments around the world” as other national leaders respond to the situation. He will also “oversee the American response to Syria” in the time that he had previously allocated to his first official visit to Latin America (seriously, it’s taken him this long to get that together – and it’s not even going forward anymore).

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Trump is also annoyed that the FBI investigators have raided the office and hotel room of his personal lawyer, which the President said was “disgraceful” of them, although they were just doing their jobs and they do have cause to suspect this lawyer of various wrongdoings. The planned South America trip was intended to see Trump attend the Summit of the Americas in Lima, the capital city of Peru. The United States will still be represented there, but with Vice President Mike Pence taking his place.

The South America tour was also supposed to include a stop over in Colombia for a face-to-face meeting with the country’s leader, President Juan Manuel Santos, but some sources are saying that this will be canned altogether and not even Pence will go in Trump’s place. Hopefully this will all be worth it, since the US President has pledged to have come up with a solution to the Syria crisis and worked out what the American response will be within just a few days. Finally, leaders across the world are taking action on the Assad regime and we’ll see this happening over the course of the next couple of weeks.

French President Emmanuel Macron will play a huge role in the Syria response

Since Trump has spoken to him twice since the chemical attack by the Assad regime to talk strategy, French President Emmanuel Macron will likely play a large role in the American government’s response to the crisis. Trump values his European allies and has often said so. Anyway, it seems like America will be making huge strides forwards in their handling of the Syria crisis, even if it means Trump missing an important summit in South America.

That summit was expected to mark an important turning point in Trump’s relationship with Latin American nations, but people close to him have said that he wasn’t all that enthusiastic about the trip and is glad to have found a legitimate reason to call it off. He can work on his relationship with South America later, when he can stomach meeting its leaders.