President Donald Trump and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni will meet for the first time at the White House today, and will take questions from the media in the East Room.
WASHINGTON ― Another European leader to the White House, another news conference, and another display by President Donald Trump of at best a hazy understanding of how Europe works.
Italy said the USA strikes were "proportionate" given the "war crimes" committed by the Assad government. 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".
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"We don't know whether or not they're able to do that, but I have absolute confidence that he will be trying very, very hard", Trump said.
Gentiloni noted Italy and America's "common commitment against terrorism".
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Initially, he portrayed the military alliance as "obsolete".
Gentiloni said Rome would abide by its commitments to increase defence spending under a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation agreement, despite budgetary constraints that have kept it from spending 2% of gross domestic product on defence.
Second, Gentiloni could seek USA help in identifying a compromise role for Haftar that preserves the role of the GNA, the government recognized by the U.N. Security Council and reaffirmed by the G-7 foreign ministers in Lucca, Italy, earlier this month.
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. "It has already begun", he said.
"I do see a role in getting rid of ISIS", the president added, using an acronym for Islamic State.
Earlier, the president hosted steel executives in the Oval Office as he signed an order launching an investigation into whether steel imports are threatening U.S. National Security.
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.