Trump Says No US Military Role in Libya
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 7:43
President Donald Trump on Thursday said he does not believe the USA should continue to play a role in stabilizing Libya, where violence and political instability has reigned since the overthrow of the country's dictator. "I will tell you that but we will very soon", said Trump.
"Friend of mine, great friend of mine", Trump said of the rare maestro praising Italy's rich culture.
President Trump hosted Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House on Thursday, giving Trump an opportunity to talk about one of his favorite subjects - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense spending. He says people must be strong and vigilant.
Italy is to host the G7 leaders' summit next month, which will be part of the US president's entry into the world of multilateral summitry. At a joint news conference on Thursday, he said Iran is failing to fulfill the "spirit" of its nuclear deal with world powers and that the 2015 agreement shouldn't have been signed.
Trump commented on the shooting in Paris, saying, "It looks like another terrorist attack".
Trump was not wearing the earpiece that would have provided him with English translation when the Gentiloni in Italian characterized the US' role in Libya as "critical".
Talks with Italian leader Paolo Gentiloni were expected to address US commitments to trade and military partnerships with European allies, as well as security concerns, including the Syrian civil war and Russia's role in the conflict.
"Again it's happening it seems", Trump said.
The two leaders also disagreed on policy in Libya. Earlier this week, the administration certified to Congress than Iran was complying - at least technically - with the terms of the deal, clearing the way for Iran to continue enjoying sanctions relief in the near term.
"We are living in interesting times and this common vision, I think, will be helpful for us and for the world", Gentiloni said.
Trump has already pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a pact with 11 Asian and Pacific nations he said was "a disaster". Instead, he told reporters, he wants to defeat Islamic State, after which the USA can focus on domestic issues.
President Donald Trump says that if China wants to solve "the North Korean problem, they will".
Trudeau offered that reply to the US president's latest anti-Canada trade tirade, one in which Trump savaged Canada for creating a new lower-priced classification of a milk product that he argues hurts USA producers.
As for claims that NGOs were somehow helping migrant traffickers, Gentiloni said this was up the judiciary to establish, and in the meantime no "shadows should be thrown" on them.