Iraqi prime minister joins Trump for meeting focusing on IS
March 21, 2017
President Donald Trump on Monday held his first meeting with Iraq’s prime minister Monday as the American leader shapes his policy for defeating the Islamic State group.
With Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the White House, Trump said Iran is one of the issues his team will discuss with the Iraqi delegation. He took the opportunity to criticize the nuclear deal his predecessor, Barack Obama, pursued with Iran
“One of the things I did ask is, ‘Why did President Obama sign that agreement with Iran?’ because nobody has been able to figure that one out,” Trump said. “But maybe someday we’ll be able to figure that one out.”
Trump said he hopes to address the “vacuum” that was created when the Islamic State group claimed Iraq and added that “we shouldn’t have gone in” to Iraq in the first place.
Speaking after Trump during the bilateral meeting, al-Abadi said that Iraq has “the strongest counterterrorism forces, but we are looking forward to more cooperation between us and the U.S.”
Trump campaigned on a promise to dramatically ramp up the assault on IS and has vowed to eradicate “radical Islamic terrorism.” So far, he has not indicated a dramatic change of course.
Like Obama before him, Trump has not suggested any sharp increases in troop levels or in airstrikes against militant targets, looking to avoid giving off the image of an invading force.
Earlier Monday, Trump greeted al-Abadi in the Oval Office shortly after FBI Director James Comey said the FBI and Justice Department have no information to substantiate Trump’s claims that Obama wiretapped him before the election.
As reporters were leaving, al-Abadi leaned over to Trump and joked, “We have nothing to do with the wiretap.”
The Iraqi premier’s first visit to Washington since Trump’s inauguration came before Trump hosts a 68-nation meeting geared toward advancing the fight against the militant group.
During al-Abadi’s last visit to Washington, the Iraqi premier worked to drum up greater financial and military support as he faced the daunting task of rebuilding cities destroyed in the fight against the Islamic State group. He also sought greater assistance to help the country confront a humanitarian crisis, with more than 4 million people displaced in the fighting.
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