In a phone call earlier this week, U.S. President Donald Trump invited Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley to visit the White House later this year.
In addition to the invitation, the two world leaders, who spoke on Sunday, reportedly discussed “a number of issues of mutual interest to Trinidad and Tobago and the United States,” according to the U.S. Embassy in Trinidad.
Continuing and strengthening what the office of the prime minister, in a statement, called a “close working relationship” will be top of the agenda. The United States is also interested in receiving more support from Trinidad and Tobago to prevent the potential of radicalization of terrorists, per a recent New York Times report.
“American officials worry about having a breeding ground for extremists so close to the United States, fearing that Trinidadian fighters could return from the Middle East and attack American diplomatic and oil installations in Trinidad or even take a three-and-a-half hour flight to Miami,” wrote reporter Frances Robles.
Trinidad and Tobago law enforcement have been working to “close a pipeline that has sent a steady stream of young Muslims to Syria,” according to the New York Times, and the Trump administration is expected to prioritize supporting these efforts.