Trump Says He Does Not See Role for United States in Libya


Iran is failing to live up to the "spirit" of the nuclear deal struck in 2015, President Donald Trump said Thursday, warning that his administration is debating whether or not to leave the landmark pact. I see that as a primary role and that's what we're going to do, whether it's in Iraq or in Libya, or anywhere else.

While addressing the possibility of a government shut down, Trump said, "I think we want to keep the government open". "We are in a role everywhere, so I do not see that".

"I do not see a (US) role in Libya", Trump said during a joint news conference Thursday, moments after Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni called the U.S. role in the country "critical". "I actually told him, I said, 'You'll make a much better deal on trade if you get rid of this menace or do something about the menace of North Korea".

Trump further praised Italy as a "key partner" in the fight against Islamic State (IS) terrorism, but made it clear that the USA would not send ground troops to stabilize conflict-ridden Libya, though Gentiloni pointed out that the chaos there had aided the spread of IS influence in the region.

"We are effectively ridding the world of ISIS", Trump said.

But Trump remained steadfast in his demands that European allies meet their financial obligations in their partnerships with the U.S. He urged Italy to address the refugee crisis through a policy that "seeks the eventual return of refugees to their home countries so they can help to rebuild their own nations".

Gentiloni noted Italy and America's "common commitment against terrorism".

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Trump and Gentiloni took questions from reporters following a brief Oval Office meeting and bilateral meeting between the two leaders and their respective delegations.

Trump's meeting with the third-largest Eurozone economy included economic and trade discussions as well as security issues.

Trump comments come in advance of Sunday's presidential election in France, a contest that has high stakes for the future of the European Union.

The attacks prompted the Trump administration to launch missile strikes on a Syrian airfield in retaliation for Assad's use of chemical weapons against civilians, something that Trump said "crossed a lot of lines".

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Wednesday that the White House would be reaching out to the Vatican to "see if a meeting, an audience with the Pope can be accommodated". But he said a strong Europe is "very, very important" to the United States. I'd say it's a priority.

Trump tweeted early Friday, "Another terrorist attack in Paris.

Now the commitment must be political", he said.