Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will meet President Trump this afternoon at the White House.
Colombia's government and FARC rebel force warned that a court ruling on their recent peace accord threatens to disrupt efforts to seal an end to a half-century civil war.
Colombia has gone from Latin America's most prolific exporter of instability and criminality to a capable and reliable partner, working with the United States on everything from addressing citizen security in Central America to combating climate change.
After a week of rough headlines, President Trump faced the press during a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. It's a world problem, and we have to all work together.
"I believe the best way to fight drug trafficking is by collaborating", Santos said.
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In the past, Colombia has eradicated much greater quantities of coca using a combination of manual and aerial methods.
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Trump also reaffirmed the US' "willingness to assist Colombia's strategy to target and eliminate drug trafficking networks, illicit financings, coca (plant used to make cocaine) cultivation and cocaine production", Efe news reported.
Later, when asked directly about the peace process, Trump said that he thought Santos had "done a fantastic job". "Supporting Colombia is an investment in US security".
The US president spoke to the media for the first time since a series of controversies enveloped the White House earlier this week.
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"This is the first time that this could be done because of the peace", Santos said.
After the Colombian president finished his response, Trump offered his take in blunt fashion.
Trump said "there's no collusion between, certainly, myself and my campaign, but I can only speak for myself, and the Russians - zero".
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos speaks during United Nations high level delegation visits Colombia to verify the disarmament process in Bogota, Colombia, May 4, 2017.
When reporters asked Santos whether he believed Trump's proposal to build a wall along the USA and Mexican border would be effective to counter narcotics smuggling, Santos evaded answering the question directly.
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