The owner of a Colombian bakery that has faced boycotts and calls for closure over its refusal to bake cakes for President Donald Trump said he will not reopen his business in the United States until he can prove that the law enforcement officers who killed him in the last weeks of his presidency are not “the bad guys.”
The president’s son and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, told The Wall St. Journal on Wednesday that he would meet with Colombian officials in the coming days to discuss a possible resolution to the situation.
The president, who has not yet addressed the crisis, has said he does not want to reopen the bakery, which has been serving as a haven for people fleeing the violence in Colombia.
In a statement Wednesday, the White House said it was committed to a “responsible and peaceful solution to this issue.”
Kushner said that he has asked for the United Nations to “continue to monitor this situation, and we are working with Colombian authorities to determine the best course of action.”
The bakery owner, Pedro Pablo, was shot dead outside his home in Bogota last year by four Colombian police officers, including a former commander.