Trump says Italy is 'key partner', but contradicts Gentiloni on Libya

Posted April 22, 2017

Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni's call for the U.S. to undertake a significant role in war torn Libya has been turned down by President Donald Trump.

"I do not see a role in Libya", he said, speaking at a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. "I think the United States has right now enough roles".

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

Le Pen has also echoed some of Trump's hard-line rhetoric on immigration, calling for hardening French borders to stanch what she describes as an out-of-control flow of immigrants.

The answer is unlikely to satisfy Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who moments earlier called on the Trump administration to follow up its counterterrorism efforts with a political commitment.

Trump appeared to get behind what seems to be a compromise revised bill. He said the process of battling the extremist group has proven to be "very effective".

Trump is also offering condolences from the U.S.to the people of France. An official tells NBC U.S. spy planes are now on the lookout for a nuclear test.

"But we have to be aware of the fact that this push that goes against free trade as a catalyst for world growth. that is why we need to work politically, culturally and economically to fight against this trend".

Iran is failing to live up to the "spirit" of the nuclear deal struck in 2015, President Donald Trump said, warning that his administration was debating whether or not to leave the landmark pact.

"We are used to respecting our commitments", Gentiloni said.

Trump says the agreement was "a awful agreement".

Without specifying, Trump said "some very unusual moves have been made over the last two or three hours" between China and North Korea.

By design, the nuclear deal does not address those Western grievances, meaning Tehran can be in compliance even as it violates United Nations resolutions and remains a US -designated state sponsor of terrorism.

"We need a stable and unified Libya", Gentiloni, who has been in office since November, said, discussing a conflict that has sent thousands of asylum seekers across the Mediterranean to Italy and other European countries.

Information for this article was contributed by Vivian Salama, Josh Lederman and Jill Colvin of The Associated Press; and by Toluse Olorunnipa and Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg News.