Trump to discuss migrant crisis with Guatemalan president
In this Jan. 10, 2019 file photo, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales talks with Canada's ambassador Rita Marija Rudaitis-Renaud during a welcome ceremony for ambassadors in Guatemala City. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)
WASHINGTON -- The White House says U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on Monday to talk about immigration and security issues.
Guatemalans fleeing gang violence and poverty have helped fuel the surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The White House says the leaders will discuss how Guatemala can build a stronger economic relationship with its Central American partners.
Trump had said recently Guatemala would be signing an agreement that requires asylum seekers to apply for refuge in the first "safe" country they arrive in.
But many in Guatemala oppose such a deal. A spokesman for Morales says the visit is not for the purpose of signing a "safe third country" deal.
Trump will also welcome Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands to the White House Thursday.