April 21, 2017
The previously undisclosed meeting was dedicated to discussing Colombia’s ongoing peace negotiations between leftist guerrillas and President Juan Manuel Santos’ government. The White House confirmed on Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump met with former right-wing Colombian presidents Alvaro Uribe and Andres Pastrana at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida last week.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claims the encounter “wasn’t anything beyond a quick hello” and that Uribe and Pastrana “briefly said hello when the president walked past them,” ABC News reports.
Pastrana, however, posted a tweet thanking Trump for having a “cordial and frank conversation about Colombia’s problems,” implying that the encounter was more than just a meet-and-greet.
When asked about the meeting during Wednesday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “I don’t have anything for you at this time.”
Trump’s meeting with Uribe and Pastrana may signal growing U.S. involvement in Colombia’s peace negotiations, which began in September 2012.Learn More