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.