Trump to meet Italian premier ahead of G-7 meeting in Italy

Trump to meet Italian premier ahead of G-7 meeting in Italy

Trump to meet Italian premier ahead of G-7 meeting in Italy

Speaking to reporters in Washington, DC on Thursday, following a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Trump contradicted his guest's assessment that the USA role in stabilizing Libya would be critical, arguing the U.S. has "enough roles... everywhere".

"Yes, a strong Europe is very, very important to me as president of the United States and it's also ... important for the United States, we want to see it, we will help it be strong, and it's very much to everybody's advantage", Trump said at a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. " The prime minister's visit comes a month prior to Mr. Trump's scheduled visit to Italy for his first G7 summit, where the leaders of the U.S., Italy, Germany, Canada, France, Japan and Britain will discuss the economy and, likely, national and global security issues".

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Trump has pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a pact he said was "a disaster".

Talks with Italian leader Paolo Gentiloni were expected to address USA 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.

Gentiloni, premier since December, was also expected to stress to Trump the need for burden-sharing in Europe's refugee crisis, given Italy's proximity to Libya, where large numbers of migrants take the risky voyage across the Mediterranean to reach Europe. "The plan gets better and better, and it's gotten really good". The first plan faced opposition from both conservative and moderate Republicans and was never voted upon in Congress.

And, with a funding deadline looming to keep the government running, Trump said it was possible Congress would manage to accomplish it all next week or "shortly thereafter".

President Donald Trump says Iran is not living up to the "spirit" of the nuclear agreement.

The 2015 agreement by Iran and six other world powers ended some of the sanctions that had punished and isolated Iran for its nuclear program but maintained others dealing with ballistic missile research, terrorism, human rights violations and money laundering. "It shouldn't have been signed".

President Donald Trump says Thursday's fatal shooting in Paris "looks like another terrorist attack". "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. He says people must be strong and vigilant.

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