President Donald Trump told reporters that he does not anticipate the United States having a role in the stabilization of Libya, during a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House Thursday.
FILE - Libyan forces allied with the United Nations -backed government walk through a destroyed building during a battle with Islamic State militants in Sirte, Libya, Oct. 2, 2016.
Trump's comments could signal a major shift in USA foreign policy since the administration of President Barack Obama, which tried to foster a diplomatic resolution to the conflict between warring rebel factions.
Trump was asked if he would meet Pope Francis during a press conference with Italian premier Paolo Gentiloni at the White House Thursday.
During the campaign, Trump also voiced support for the Brexit campaign that resulted in Britain leaving the European Union.
"Stabilizing Libya is fundamental", Gentiloni said during a talk at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. In addition, he said this week he would make "some very big changes" to the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico or "we are going to get rid of NAFTA for once and for all".
The meeting between Trump and Gentiloni comes weeks before Trump is set to travel to Europe on his first foreign trip as president.
"We don't know whether or not they're able to do that, but I have absolute confidence that he will be trying very, very hard", Trump said.
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"Iran has not lived up to the spirit of the agreement".
Trump appeared to get behind what seems to be a compromise revised bill. I think the United States, right now, has enough roles.
As he offered congratulations on Canada's 150th birthday, Gentiloni said the two countries share "the same line" on many issues. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are encouraged to contribute at least 2 percent of their GDP, and Trump has been eager for European nations to meet those commitments.
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Gentiloni noted past US missions to help drive ISIS from Sirte a year ago, and said that "now the commitment must be political" in broadening the basis of consensus for the unity government recognized by the global community to include countries like Egypt and Tunisia.
"America has played a very key role - first of all, to prevent the consolidation of an important basis for terrorism while Daesh was undergoing defeat in Iraq and Syria".