Panamanian President Defeats Trump Handshake

Jun 21, 2017, 01:59
Panamanian President Defeats Trump Handshake

And then came the non sequitur: "The Panama Canal is doing quite well, I think we did a good job building it".

He insisted on respecting Trump's criterion of seeking a new settlement, "that is his decision", but "as a president of Panama I clearly left my position" and "we have to build on what is acted and what is achieved".

"One hundred years ago", Varela responded.

"We did a very good job", Trump continued, speaking over Varela.

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'I feel there is an opportunity so that the current US administration, led by President Trump, can rebuild under his vision and continue making progress on an agenda with the Cuban government'. "The relationship has been very strong".

The U.S. cut the 50-mile ribbon of water linking the Atlantic to the Pacific across the Central American country, and it opened in 1914.

Almost every photo op that current president and noted meatloaf enthusiast Donald Trump has taken with other world leaders has somehow been embarrassing.

The two leaders also discussed immigration and development in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

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Trump and Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela spoke briefly with reporters in the Oval Office when Trump made the remark.

They are expected to discuss organized crime, drug trafficking and illegal migration during their meeting, as well as political unrest and violence in Venezuela.

Panama's government had requested Mr. Martinelli's extradition last September on the charges stemming from his presidential term that ended in 2014.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Again, thank you.

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