No US Role in Libya Beyond Combating Islamic State

President Trump welcomed Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni to the White House for an official visit Thursday.

"And it is also, in my very strong opinion, important for the USA", he told reporters on Thursday at a White House press conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. "I think the United States right now has enough roles", Trump responded.

Italy will support the renewal of European sanctions against Russian Federation if the European Union decides to do so this summer, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said in an interview.

"A divided country and in conflict would make stability worse, the United States' role in this is very critical", he said.

Donald Trump's declaration that the USA had "no role" in Libya has raised doubts about whether a political compromise can still be reached with the help of Americans in the embattled oil-rich country, possibly opening the door to greater Russian involvement in the region.

Trudeau offered that reply to the USA 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 US producers.

Trump also sharply denounced the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and promised to address it further in the "not-too-distant future".

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 milk product that he argues is hurting USA producers.

The Italian Prime Minister highlighted the contribution of the US Special Forces in defeating the Islamic State group that established a caliphate in Sirte. At the press conference, they touched upon a hotspots around the globe, including Iran and North Korea.

Thursday's U.S. -Italy meeting took place against a backdrop of high uncertainty in Europe, following Britain's decision to leave the European Union and the upcoming French presidential election — the first round of voting is Sunday.

Trump also voiced optimism that the US had successfully enlisted China to try to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.

In addition to discussing the issue of Iran, President Trump brought up the fight against ISIS, the G7 summit and Italy's commitment to paying 2% of it's GDP to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

When asked which Congressional victory he wanted to get next week, Trump said, "I want to get both, are you shocked to hear that?" Yet he pointedly stopped sort of telegraphing whether or not the USA would stay in.

"Again it's happening it seems", he said. 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.

Mr. Trump warned that Iran was not living up to the "spirit" of the nuclear deal it signed with the US and other world powers during the Obama administration.

  • Salvatore Jensen