LIMA, Peru — President Trump’s cancellation of his first visit to Latin America drew little comment Tuesday from regional counterparts, many of whom dreaded shaking hands with the American leader as he pushes forward with plans to build a wall along the Mexican border and renegotiate trade deals.

Trump canceled his plans to travel to South America later this week, choosing to stay in Washington to manage the U.S. response to the Syrian crisis. Instead, Vice President Mike Pence will lead the U.S. delegation to the Summit of the Americas that kicks off Friday in Lima, Peru.

The decision marks the first time a U.S. president has not attended the summit.