Colombia Thumbs its Nose at Trump’s Drug-War Threat

Santos government lowers eradication goals for 2018, critics say U.S. ambassador signaled tacit support. Three months after the Trump administration warned Colombia it could be decertified as a partner in the drug war over a record spike in cocaine production, Bogota announced it had significantly lowered its coca-eradication goals. The decision to roll back eradication targets—and the U.S. ambassador’s apparent complicity—has conservative critics saying the Trump administration is once again sending mixed signals about the effort to curb Colombia’s surging cocaine exports. Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said on…

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