UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — U.S. President Donald Trump has scrapped an upcoming trip to Latin America in order to focus on the brewing situation in Syria.

Trump was scheduled to head to Peru this week to attend the Summit of the Americas.

However, the White House announced on April 10 that Trump had cancelled the trip and would be staying put in Washington “to oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world.”

The decision came after Trump pledged Monday, to respond “forcefully” to the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria over the weekend that left dozens dead.

Vice President Mike Pence will attend the Summit of the Americas in Trump’s place.

Some criticized Trump’s decision to pull out of the event.

Since it began in 1994, every Summit of the Americas has been attended by a sitting U.S. president.