Trump says only role for US in Libya is defeating Islamic State

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Aprile 21, 2017

At the news conference, Trump also said he thinks Congress will pass a renewed effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act - and avoid a government shutdown - before his first 100 days are over next week. By standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Gentiloni in the Oval Office or at a press conference and stating that the only solution to Libya runs through the United Nations -facilitated political process, Trump could make a statement that would help deter Haftar's much-discussed military campaign against Tripoli.

So Gentiloni first needs to convince Trump that Libya matters not just to Europe, but also to the United States, or to US taxpayers, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson might say. "They are not living up to the spirit of the agreement".

He said that despite budgetary limitations, Italy was committed to increase its defense spending from 1 percent of gross domestic product to 2 percent — the threshold that Trump has called for all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to adhere to.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused Iran this week of destabilizing the world, and said the administration is reviewing the Obama administration's decision to lift economic sanctions against Tehran. I see that as the primary role, and that's what we're going to do - whether it's in Iraq, or in Libya, or anywhere else.

Later in the press conference, Mr Trump said maintaining the strength of Europe was "very, very important" to the United States, and to him personally. He said his administration is analyzing it and promised that he'd have more to say about it soon. "I just saw it as I was walking in, so that's a bad thing".

"I love the question you asked the prime minister".

Gentiloni said that the partnership can be crucial for the future of the region.

"I do see a role in getting rid of ISIS", the president added, using an acronym for Islamic State.

The president said the GOP compromise measure is still "evolving", and he expressed a determination to keep working until lawmakers send him something, saying: "There's never a give up".

Like the president, Gentiloni is also new to his office, taking the post in December. "It looks like another terrorist attack", he continued.

Trump's comments could signal a major shift in USA foreign policy since the administration of President Barack Obama, which tried to foster a diplomatic resolution to the conflict between warring rebel factions.

Trump will take part in a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders summit in Brussels next month before heading to the G7 meeting in Sicily on May 26-27.

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