Trump to meet with Colombian president at White House
- Author: Leroy Wright May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 9:38
On 18 May 2017, United States President Donald Trump and his Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos, held a press conference to discuss the partnership between the two countries.
The remarks will be Trump's first live, on-camera remarks since Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tapped Robert Mueller to be a special counsel overseeing the Justice Department's Russian Federation probe.
President Trump on Thursday gave an emphatic response when asked if he'd pressured ousted FBI chief James Comey to pull the plug on the feds' investigation into ex-national security adviser Mike Flynn.
"And that was a long and very diplomatic answer to your question", Trump said to Karl.
All of this came to a head last night when the Justice Department announced that a special investigation would begin its own review of the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.
The president's frustration has been building since he abruptly fired Comey.
The White House pushed back on reports of the meeting, instead telling NBC News at the time that the former Colombian leaders were invited to Trump's club by one of its members and shared a mere handshake with Trump when he bumped into them there.
"Santos needs to convince Trump that the peace process coincides fully with the objectives of fighting drug trafficking, violence, and terrorism in the region", Silva said.
Trump says, "we want to bring this country of ours together". "You can't let them get you down, can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams". Trump appeared to emphasize a multilateral and cooperative approach among the two nations in addressing the drug problem, then reminded the audience of his plans to build a wall that would also work to fight the drug war. "And I think it's a very, very negative thing".
Trump's tweets signal his White House - or at least the man in charge - will try to resist Mueller's investigation, meaning the shadow of investigation will now hang over a White House in need of a morale boost.
The president is scheduled to leave Washington on Friday on his first foreign trip, a nine-day sojourn with stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium, as well as a visit to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis.