President Trump says he did not ask Comey to end investigation

20 May, 2017, 09:37 | Author: Valerie Burke

Earlier, Trump had said of the situation in Venezuela: "We're gonna talk about Venezuela". Santos also brought up human trafficking and illegal mining, which he said are practiced by the same networks that traffic drugs.

That echoed Trump's morning tweet: "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

Trump said "a stable and peaceful Venezuela is in the best interest" of the hemisphere, describing it as a "very, very frightful problem" and "from a humanitarian standpoint, like nothing we've seen in quite a long time".

Many in Washington may question whether USA taxpayers have got value for money for the aid they've poured into the Andean nation.

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, did not dispute the account. "I think higher is impossible in terms of seeing the people that influence the policy". And also, as you look back.

Amidst, the talks, Trump addressed some questions regarding the controversial FBI Director hiring process.

HORSLEY: And the president also attacked the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, saying Comey was very unpopular with most people and that he really expected Democrats to welcome his firing.

Trump congratulated Santos for his role in negotiating peace with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, saying that Santos has "done a fantastic job", and that "there's nothing tougher than peace".

The Trump administration is also looking to work with Colombia to stem the flow of drugs into the USA from Latin America. And certainly Comey had irritated both Democrats and Republicans with his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe past year, but we heard from the acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe last week that Comey is still very respected inside the bureau.

TRUMP: That was a long and very diplomatic answer to your question.

President Santos was in accordance with Trump's comments, making reference to the U.S. and Colombia's long relationship, their joined efforts in fighting drug cartels in South America, as well as their continued cooperation in diplomatic relations in the region. I will say it a little bit shorter: "Walls work - just ask Israel", Trump said, seemingly referring to Israel's West Bank barrier. "The world declared war on drugs, and it's a war that had not been won, so we must be more effective and more efficient", Santos said.

"They work. Believe me, they work", the president added.

SHAPIRO: NPR's Scott Horsley at the White House, thank you.

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