Trump delivers shock rebuke to Colombia over cocaine surge

Trump said he "seriously considered" also decertifying Colombia because of the "extraordinary" growth of coca cultivation and cocaine production to record levels
The New York Times (US)
Thursday, September 14, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening that he may decertify Colombia as a partner in the war against drugs unless the South American nation reverses a record surge in cocaine production. The shock rebuke for Washington's staunchest ally in Latin America came in the White House's annual designation of nations it deems major drug-producing or drug-transit zones. Colombia, the source of 90 percent of the cocaine consumed in the U.S., has long been a fixture on the list, which was unchanged from last year. (See also: Colombia defends anti-drug efforts after Trump critique | The most important trends in Colombia’s drug policy, explained)