President Trump had an undisclosed rendezvous with two former Colombian presidents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida last week, and in the process injected himself into a contentious political battle over Colombia’s peace deal that seeks to end the Western hemisphere’s longest-running war.
The previously undisclosed encounter was confirmed today by the White House, with deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ saying that former Presidents Andrés Pastrana and Álvaro Uribe “were there with a member from the club and briefly said hello when the president walked past them.”
“There wasn’t anything beyond a quick hello,” Sanders said.
She declined to answer why the meeting was not publicly disclosed. It’s unclear when it occurred.
Asked about the meeting during the daily White House press briefing Wednesday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “I don’t have anything for you at this time.”
The encounter came to light last Friday when Pastrana tweeted, “Thank you to @POTUS @realDonaldTrump for the cordial and very frank conversation about problems and perspectives of Colombia and the region.”
PAUL BLAKE and ALEXANDER MALLIN