Dan Restrepo is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. He was special assistant to the president and senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs at the National Security Council from 2009 to 2012.
US President Donald Trump holds the state flag of Texas outside of the Annaville Fire House after attending a briefing on Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas on August 29, 2017.
President Donald Trump flew into storm-ravaged Texas Tuesday in a show of solidarity and leadership in the face of the deadly devastation wrought by Harvey -- as the battered US Gulf Coast braces for even more torrential rain.
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FARC guerrillas march in column during a review at their camp in the Transitional Standardization Zone in Pondores, La Guajira department, Colombia on April 3, 2017.
The Colombian government reported that the FARC guerrillas provided a total list with the names of the 6,084 members of the rebel group who have gathered in 26 "standardization zones" across the country, where they are building accomodations that will house them until the end of the disarmament process, outlined in the peace agreement reached in November 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Joaquin Sarmiento (Photo credit should read JOAQUIN SARMIENTO/AFP/Getty Images)
US presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) delivers a joint press conference with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City on August 31, 2016.
Donald Trump was expected in Mexico Wednesday to meet its president, in a move aimed at showing that despite the Republican White House hopeful's hardline opposition to illegal immigration he is no close-minded xenophobe. Trump stunned the political establishment when he announced late Tuesday that he was making the surprise trip south of the border to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, a sharp Trump critic.
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