Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

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Colombia's defense minister divulged new coca eradication figures ahead of a meeting between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, a sign of commitment to USA policy preferences that may come at the expense of harming trust between Colombia's government and important segments of its own population.

Colombia's President Santos seeks Trump's support on FARC peace dealU.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos to the White House.Santos is seeking Trump's support for the FARC peace deal.The Obama administration promised up to $450 million dollars in foreign aid.

"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", he said on Wednesday to the United States Coast Guard Academy. Trump said he acted because Comey, who had been overseeing the Russian Federation investigation, "wasn't doing a good job" leading the agency, calling him a "showboat" and a "grandstander". He said he was "highly alarmed" by record levels of coca cultivation and urged the Colombian government to remedy the problem.

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At a joint press conference earlier Thursday, President Trump did not mince words regarding his serious concerns about illegal drugs, such as cocaine pouring into the United States from Colombia. For the first time in many decades, we are living in a hemisphere free of war.

But a report in the New York Times this week that Mr. Trump allegedly asked Comey to end the investigation undercut the president's rationale and has led to accusations from some in Congress that he was attempting to obstruct justice. And certainly Comey had irritated both Democrats and Republicans with his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe a year ago, but we heard from the acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe last week that Comey is still very respected inside the bureau.

As Colombia's five-decade conflict with Marxist rebels winds down, President Juan Manuel Santos is battling to keep Washington's interest in the country that receives the greatest amount of USA aid in the Americas.

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Unlike Trump's brute-force mentality, Santos has devised "a new strategy: carrot and stick", the Colombia president said from the White House. "Supporting Colombia is an investment in USA security". "The United States and Colombia are, today, more than ever, a support for each other, our alliance has been strengthened", said Santos.

While Trump faces controversy on the home front, his meeting with the Colombian president also brought with it another set of challenges. "So by working together, we can be much more effective, and that is a commitment we just made or ratified this afternoon", Santos said.

"That was a long and a very diplomatic answer to your question", Trump joked.

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The two presidents also said they had discussed the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, which shares a border with Colombia.

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