U.S. President Donald Trump hosts Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski at the White House on Friday, saying ''Peru has been a fantastic neighbor.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Donald Trump met with Peruvian President Pablo Kuczynski at the White House on Friday (February 24). "I understand they are going to be buying quite a bit of our military, some of our military vehicles. And they are great vehicles," said Trump. Kuczynski, 78, spent years working on Wall Street and once held U.S. citizenship, but his ardent support for free-trade and defense of migrants cuts a stark contrast to Trump's politics. Shortly after Kuczynski narrowly beat a right-wing populist in Peru's June run-off election last year, he joked that he would cut off ties with the United States if Trump won the U.S. election. Kuczynski later congratulated Trump on his surprise victory but has also criticized the U.S. leader's proposal to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico to curb immigration. Peru is one of several countries in Latin America that Trump has not mentioned much publicly as he focuses his foreign policy in the region on Mexico and Cuba.