Monday, 21 January, 2019

Good work on Libya Trump tells Gentiloni

Theresa Hayes | 21 April, 2017, 19:57

US President Donald Trump at a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

"I do not see a role in Libya".

"We need a stable and unified Libya", Gentiloni said, adding that "the U.S.'s role in [stabilizing the country] is very critical". We're in a role everywhere.

"A strong Europe is very, very important to me as president of the US".

Trump was quick to dismiss the notion that the US would get involved in Libya, telling a joint news conference, "I do not see a role in Libya". "And that role will come to an end at a certain point, and we'll be able to go back home and rebuild our country, which is what I want to do", Trump concluded.

In meeting with Italian Prime Minister Gentiloni, Trump pushed Rome for more trade with the US.

"Libya remains top of our priorities, a country in which the errors of our past vision are clearer". The shooter was a US citizen of Afghan descent.

Gentiloni noted Italy's and America's "common commitment against terrorism", which he said requires social and economic collaboration with Muslim communities in order to be effective.

Trump favors bilateral trade deals and has used trade as a tool for pressuring countries to do more on national security matters.

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

Trump will travel to Europe next month for the first time since taking office for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels, followed by the G-7 meeting in Italy.

Trump also condemned the Paris shooting incident in which one policeman was killed and two others wounded.

Trump continued: "Again, it's happening, it seems". It is a very, very awful thing that's going on in the world today but it looks like another terrorist attack.

Trump is also offering condolences from the the people of France.

Trump has repeatedly sought to draw connections between the uptick in the flow of refugees in Europe and the spate of terrorist attacks that have taken place in recent years, even when the culprits for those attacks were European-born.

The leaders also discussed the upcoming Group of Seven summit in Sicily next month, cooperation between the nations on counter-terrorism, the anti-Islamic State campaign, the situation in Libya and migration.