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Trump cancels trip, focuses on Syria

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/10/18, 12:35 pm

President Donald Trump will stay home from a planned visit to South America to oversee the U.S. response to escalating tensions in Syria, the White House said Tuesday. Instead, Vice President Mike Pence will attend the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, which begins Friday. It will be the first time a U.S. president has not attended the summit since it began in 1994. Trump has promised to respond “forcefully” to an apparent chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government that killed and injured civilians in a rebel-held enclave outside Damascus last weekend. The governments of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his chief ally, Russia, deny poison gas was used in the attack and have invited the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to investigate. The United States is urging the UN Security Council to condemn Syria’s actions in the strongest possible terms and is considering its own military response. On Monday, Trump said anyone involved in the attack would face tough ramifications, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, if implicated: “Everybody’s going to pay a price. He will. Everybody will.”

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Tue, 04/10/2018 03:26 pm

    Lord, no matter what my political persuasions, I lift Donald Trump our President before you now. He needs your wisdom and strength, your discernment, and wise counsel from his advisers. Be with him and have your way in his heart, as he responds to this humanitarian crisis in Syria. Thank-you, loving Lord, Amen.

  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Tue, 04/10/2018 04:41 pm

    Rather than going off half-cocked, my prayer is that the U.S. will re-evaluate its entire Syrian policy.  Both sides in the conflict have chemical weapons, but only the terrorists stand to gain by this attack.  The journalist Theo Padnos, who was held captive by Syrian terrorists for two years, said they would use any means to defeat Assad.  As Assad's forces closed in on them, what better way to bring in American missiles than a chemical attack with instant video played around the world.

  • not silent
    Posted: Wed, 04/11/2018 12:16 pm

    I personally find it helpful to pray a general prayer for "God's will to be done" when I don't feel sure exactly what his will might be, particularly when it involves a sticky situation or an area of the world where I am not right there on the ground and fully informed. If I trust him to know what's going on and to hear me, then I believe he will answer even a very general prayer for his will to be done. After all, The Lord's Prayer was pretty general.  Others who may know more than I do about the situation may be able to offer more specific prayers, and I think the Lord also answers these specific prayers when they are in accord with his will.  (Jesus prayed very specific prayers as well.)  The main thing is for us to PRAY.