The Trump administration is also looking to work with Colombia to stem the flow of drugs into the US from Latin America.
The meeting with Colombia's president comes just one day before Trump's first foreign trip, where he will travel to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican before attending the G7 and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Taormina and Brussels, respectively. "That's not easy after so many years of war".
I'm fine with whatever people want to do, but we have to get back to running this country really, really well.
Colombia's Constitutional Court has struck down two provisions meant to speed approval of laws on the government's peace deal with Marxist FARC rebels, which will likely extend congressional debate on the accord. Since then, the peace deal has been strongly challenged in Colombia by a conservative opposition party, and was even voted down in a plebiscite. They're expected to discuss a huge spike in cocaine production in Colombia.
The president's bullish policies toward illegal immigration and his proposed border wall with Mexico have incensed many across Latin America who say they are being unfairly targeted.
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Trump also faced repeated questions from reporters about the recent appointment of a special prosecutor to look into his administration's alleged ties with Russian Federation and his controversial firing of James Comey, the FBI director who was leading an investigation into those ties.
"I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things", Trump said. I can always speak for myself, and the Russians, zero [collusion]. His visit focused on securing support for continued USA aid to Colombia and championing his peace deal with the FARC rebels. Santos received the Nobel Peace Price in 2016 for his pursuit of peace between the government and FARC.
The agreement, however, is highly controversial. And last year's initial defeat of the peace deal in a public referendum, before a revised version was approved by Colombia's Congress, underscored the polarization and political tension that will only grow ahead of next year's presidential and legislative elections. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important. "Before, the conflict did not allow us to build roads and to give these peasants an alternative".
After the Colombian president finished his response, Trump offered his take in blunt fashion. But there are real questions about the future of that cooperation with the Trump administration wanting to cut back sharply on all forms of worldwide aid.