President Trump Talks Tough on Iran in Meeting with Italian PM

French riot police officers patrol on the Champs Elysees boulevard with the Arc of Triomphe in background in Paris Friday

President Trump hosted Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House on Thursday, giving Trump an opportunity to talk about one of his favorite subjects - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense spending.

President Trump and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Thursday stressed the importance of defeating ISIS and helping to stabilize and rebuild war-torn countries so that refugees can return home.

Trump was expected to be a topic of discussion as Italy hosts the G7 leaders' summit next month, which will be part of the USA president's entry into the world of multilateral summitry.

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

When asked which Congressional victory he wanted to get next week, Trump said, "I want to get both, are you shocked to hear that?"

"The administration's views of the European Union and the European project are a work in progress", said Charles Kupchan, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former director for European affairs at the National Security Council under Obama. Then, in 2016, he said removing Gaddafi was a mistake, and that Libya would "100%" be better off with him still leading the country.

Trump countered that "the United States has right now enough roles" around the world. But he says he believes she will be helped by the attack that left a Paris police officer dead, because she's the candidate who is "strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France". Yet he pointedly stopped sort of telegraphing whether or not the USA would stay in.

But on Thursday, the president said a strong Europe was in everyone's advantage. His comments came the same week that his administration certified to Congress than Iran is complying - at least technically - with the terms of the deal.

Speaking in Italian, Prime Minister Gentiloni says his country has already begun to correct the problem, but cautions it will be a process.

Gentiloni noted past USA missions to help drive ISIS from Sirte previous year, and said that "now the commitment must be political" in broadening the basis of consensus for the unity government recognized by the worldwide community to include countries like Egypt and Tunisia.

Only five of the alliance's 28 member countries met the 2 percent threshold in 2016.

Trump's rejection of that role is at odds with his recent actions - launching a missile strike in Syria, escalating tensions with North Korea, and authorizing a review of the nuclear deal with Iran - but in line with his promise during the 2016 presidential campaign.



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