President Trump abruptly called off a trip to Colombia for the second time this year, an internal planning email on Friday revealed.
An email obtained by Politico alerted White House staff that the president’s ‘planned travel to Bogota, Colombia 2-3 December has been canceled.’ The email indicated that the cancellation could affect Trump’s travel to Buenos Aires, also.
He’s scheduled to attend the G20 in Argentina at the end of the month. The meeting of world leaders runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.
This afternoon as he left the White House for a two-day campaign swing President Trump said he intends to have dinner in Buenos Aires with China’s Xi Jinping.
It was not immediately clear why the president’s first stop in South America was called off. Trump in September met with newly-elected President Iván Duque Márquez at the United Nations.
‘Very, very powerful against drugs and drug trafficking. And you’ve been a friend to the United States, and we look forward to working with you, Mr. President,’ Trump told him in brief remarks.
The White House did not immediately respond to an email from DailyMail.com asking for confirmation of the trip cancellation.
Trump cancelled a trip to South America earlier this year, calling off a planned stop in Colombia then and sending the vice president to the Summit of the Americas in Peru, instead.
The reason given at the time was the possibility that Trump could bomb Syria in retaliation for Bashar Al-Assad’s illicit use of chemical weapons. He joined the UK and France that weekend in bombing several targets.
No reason was explicitly provided on Friday for the trip that was called off in the leaked email.
Trump indicated that he’s still traveling to Argentina that week for the G20 meeting, where he says he’s planning a dinner meeting with Xi.
‘We’ve had very good discussions with China. We’re getting very much closer to doing something. They very much want to make a deal,’ he told reporters as he left the White House to campaign in West Virginia on Friday.
He noted that he spoke on the phone with Xi on Thursday – a call that he said on Twitter went very well.
President Donald Trump said Thursday said trade discussions with China were ‘moving along nicely’ and that he planned to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the upcoming G-20 summit after a ‘very good’ talk with his counterpart
Xi said Thursday after speaking with Trump that he hopes China and the United States will be able to promote a steady and healthy relationship, Chinese state media reported
‘I think we’ll make a deal with China and I think it will be a very fair deal for everybody,’ he said of the high-stakes trade negotiations.
Trump has hit China with $250 billion in tariffs this year and has threatened more.
‘We want to make a deal if we can and a lot of progress has been made,’ he said on Friday. ‘They understand that if a deal isn’t made we’re doing very well the way we’re doing everything right now.’
In his tweet on Thursday, Trump said of the call, ‘We talked about many subjects, with a heavy emphasis on Trade. Those discussions are moving along nicely with meetings being scheduled at the G-20 in Argentina.’