President Trump Welcomes Colombia’s President to the White House

President Trump, Colombia's President, White House
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos at the White House on Thursday. (Reuters/Yuri Gripas)

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has welcomed the president of Colombia to the White House for their first official meeting.

President Juan Manuel Santos is seeking Mr. Trump’s support for a peace accord Colombia signed last year with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. The rebel group agreed to turn over 30 percent of its arsenal of assault rifles, machine guns and explosives.

During Thursday’s meeting, Mr. Trump will likely seek Colombia’s help pressuring Nicolas Maduro, president of neighboring Venezuela, which is being roiled by almost daily protests that have shaken Maduro’s grip on power.

The Trump administration has warned that it might impose more sanctions on Venezuelan officials.

President Trump may also seek Colombia’s help stemming the flow of illegal substances into the U.S. from Latin America.