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"No. No. Next question", Trump responded curtly to a reporter during a press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday afternoon.

The decision, announced late on Wednesday, was made after the right-wing Democratic Center party, which opposes the peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, sued over parts of a broad peace law already approved by Congress. "It is a world problem and we have to all work together".

The coca-fighting methods used by Colombia in recent years have been a point of contention between security officials in the two countries.

"One of the ways we will combat drug trafficking will be the wall", Trump said regarding the rise in drug trafficking in Colombia. John Otis has more from Colombia.

The Trump administration has warned it might impose more sanctions on Venezuelan officials. For the first time in many decades, we are living in a hemisphere free of war.

When asked by a Colombian reporter whether he received a commitment of financial support, Santos said the administration and Congress showed their commitment by approving a 2017 budget that included the $450 million in spending to help implement the peace deal. That was the White House's position initially after the deputy attorney general argued in a memo that Comey had erred in handling the FBI's investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server, even though Trump had praised Comey on the campaign trail previous year. Colombia is largely considered a major success story for US foreign policy.

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HORSLEY: Trump did say that the drug epidemic is poisoning too many people, and he promised he's going to stop it. Minutes prior, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Santos outlined Colombia's extensive efforts to combat coca production and promised to team up with the USA and other countries to "fight the other links of the chain, the intermediaries".

The Colombian leader sought on his visit to the White House to emphasize the bilateral relations between the two nations and convince Trump that USA support for Colombia during its post-conflict phase is in Washington's strategic interests.

Trump also boasted about what he said were his many accomplishments during his first four months in the Oval Office, and suggested the probe was a distraction.

In an earlier meeting Thursday with President Santos, U.S. senators discussed military aid for Colombia in light of the unstable situation in Venezuela.

Trump took the opportunity to jump in after what he called Santos's "very long, very diplomatic answer".

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