"I'm fine with whatever people want to do, but we have to get back to running this country really, really well".
The President embarks on a journey Friday to Saudi Arabia, Israel and global summits in Italy and Belgium, after one of the most tumultuous and damaging weeks any President has had to endure.
President Donald Trump's maiden global trip, a five-stop marathon across the Middle East and Europe, has long loomed as a crucial first test overseas for the chaos-courting president.
Santos's visit, however, may be overshadowed by the series of scandals now rocking the Trump presidency.
Santos and Trump discussed the way forward in Venezuela as it wrestles with one of the highest murder rates in the world and is in the midst of a deep economic and political crisis.
During a press conference accompanied by Santos, Trump reaffirmed his plan to construct a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border as part of his administration's aim to stop crime and drugs from entering the United States.
A State Department study released in March estimated coca crops at 470,000 acres past year, 50% more plantings than estimated in 1999, before the United States began dispersing aid under Plan Colombia.
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Lieberman is no stranger to Washington , serving three terms as a CT senator, twice as a Democrat and once as an Independent. More recently, Lieberman supported Trump's controversial pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos.
OTIS: In a speech, Santos called his plan the definitive long-term solution to Colombia's cocaine problem, but the problem has stymied numerous Colombian presidents. US allies have been rattled by his warnings about pulling back from the world.
If the President wants to, he can use the trip as a way to break out of a debilitating period for his administration, to try to win some positive headlines for a change and even to engineer a morale boost for himself.
"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", he said on Wednesday to the United States Coast Guard Academy. "Everybody thinks so", Trump replied. "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".
According to the New York Times, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director had dinner with Trump in January after the inauguration, citing private details of the meeting that portray Comey as a martyr.
"As the president has stated before - a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement in response to the Post report.
"I think it is totally ridiculous".
Trump has long pledged a US$1 trillion, 10-year plan to modernise U.S. roads, bridges, airports, the electrical grid and water systems. The adviser under scrutiny is not named, but described as someone close to Trump.
Santos is the third Latin American leader to meet with Trump since he took office, after the leaders of Peru and Argentina.
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