Trump welcomes Colombia's president to the White House


He also slammed the special counsel probe into possible ties between his campaign and Russian Federation - repeating an earlier tweet that it's "a witch hunt".

"I think it's totally ridiculous". I will say it a little bit shorter.

I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not unified country.

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. "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!"

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos withheld his approval of President Trump's proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico Thursday evening in an interview with Bret Baier.

The White House avoided commenting on the issue of sovereignty over the Western Wall holy site in east Jerusalem, calling it a complex "policy decision."

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Trump asked reporters: "Does anybody have any questions?"

Whereas other USA administrations have provided major political, financial and military support to Colombia, the Trump administration's position has been largely unclear with some interpreting his unannounced April meeting with former Colombian presidents Alvaro Uribe and Andres Pastrana as an indication of his lack of support for peace.

"Living in the US gives you a lot of calm these days, you know, because then you go to Colombia and you say, well this is a little bit of the same I been seeing out there", Pinzon said.

"Walls work. Just ask Israel", said the president. "So I'm very, very proud to get to know you, and I really congratulate you".

Regarding his unstable neighbor Venezuela, Santos said he is hoping for a nonviolent democratic transition of power, since Colombia would suffer most if the violence expands to other countries.

For one hour in the Oval Office, Santos and Trump discussed the surge of coca cultivation in Colombia, the existing free trade agreement, and the strategic importance of Colombia for stability and security in the hemisphere in light of the Venezuela crisis. He tweeted at the president after the meeting, thanking him for a "cordial and very frank conversation" about the problems of Colombia and the region.