Trump welcomes Colombia's president to the White House

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 20, 2017

Trump says, "we want to bring this country of ours together".

Trump focused on fighting drug trafficking and on potential trade deals, as well as the wall he has promised to build along the border with Mexico. They're expected to discuss a huge spike in cocaine production in Colombia.

Colombia a year ago signed a peace accord with the leftist guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), ending the longest-running military conflict in the world.

A weakened FARC came to the bargaining table in 2012 and last year signed the agreement that ended more than 50 years of war.

"He's going to have to explain the coca problem to a lot of skeptical members of Congress", said Adam Isacson, a Colombia expert at the Washington Office on Latin America.

"The only people that will benefit are our drug traffickers and criminals", he said. Obama committed some $500 million a year over five years to support Colombia's landmark peace agreement, helping lock in the advances of the previous decade and a half.

In the past, Colombia has eradicated much greater quantities of coca using a combination of manual and aerial methods.

With Trump's vow to slash foreign aid, Colombia suddenly sees its recovery prospects in jeopardy. "But U.S. -Colombian cooperation over the past 16 years empowered the nation to diminish the threat of narcoterrorism and drug-related violence, restore the rule of law, and revive its economy".

Naturally, Trump mangled "only speak for myself" and appears to have technically said "always", but the implication was clear. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Roy Cardin, D-Md, co-chairs of a Colombia Task Force that promoted continued engagement. The "post-conflict" period of the peace process will probably last ten years or more, during which time Colombia will need ongoing political and economic support from the USA, according to Senator Chamorro.

Blunt was co-sponsor with Sen.

Colombian Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzon spoke of the importance of support for the peace efforts from the reporters in a briefing on Tuesday but downplayed the importance of a public declaration of support. Many Colombians don't like that it includes concessions to a guerrilla group known for drug trafficking and kidnappings.

Amid indications that Colombia is cultivating more coca and producing more cocaine than ever, the country has been under enormous worldwide pressure to tackle the problem, especially from its key global ally, the United States. Colombia eventually halted aerial spraying in 2015 following reports from the World Health Organization showing that the chemical used, glyphosate, is a carcinogen that was putting rural communities, agriculture, and water supplies at risk.

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