Iraqi prime minister jokes with Trump about wiretaps

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 21, 2017

Abadi, the first Arab head of government to meet with Trump since he took office, is in Washington as the US convenes a summit with 68 nations fighting the Islamic State.

President Donald Trump and his top officials have agreed to speed up USA support for the Iraqi government in its ongoing battle against the Islamic State (Daesh) terror group, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi said.

"We should never ever have left", he said, after previously having supported the withdrawal. "Maybe someday we'll be able to figure it out". "Working together I think we can be successful".

The Iraqi authorities launched an offensive in October to retake the northern city of Mosul from the IS group with the support of US-led coalition air strikes.

Trump shied away from any substantive discussion in public, but the presence of his top economic aide at a meeting in the cabinet office indicated that energy and economic ties would also be on the agenda.

President Donald Trump greets Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi upon his arrival to the White House in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017.

In front of reporters in the Oval Office, Trump declined to respond to questions about wiretapping, according to a pool report.

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