Israel welcomes Trump comments slamming Hezbollah

28 July 2017, 12:13 | Isaac Mcdaniel

"My job as Prime Minister of Lebanon is to shield Lebanon from any instability in Lebanon".

Since then, however, the armed forces have been embroiled in controversies involving the death of Syrian detainees in custody and being a bystander in the operation by Hizbollah and Syrian forces on the Lebanese border.

"I thanked President Trump for his support to our army and security agencies as well as his support to UNIFIL", Hariri said at the press conference.

The US has long struggled with its narrative on Hezbollah, presenting them as straightforward terrorists while simultaneously coping with the reality that they're a powerful political movement.

Trump pledged continued United States military aid to Lebanon following his Oval Office meeting with Hariri.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said last week that the next round of intra-Syria talks in Geneva will take place in early September.

Trump also called Hezbollah a "menace" to the Middle East during a joint press conference with Lebanon's PM Saad Hariri.

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Trump told Hariri at a White House news conference on Tuesday the U.S. has helped Lebanon by providing clean water, food, shelter and health care to Syrian refugees. Reuters reports, "Lebanon's military has received hundreds of millions in military assistance from the United States and Britain in recent years, as part of efforts to bolster Lebanon against a threat from militants across the Syrian border".

"Our approach, supporting the humanitarian needs of displaced Syrian citizens as close to their home country as possible, is the best way to help most people", said Trump. The group continues to increase it's military arsenal, which thens (sic) to start yet another conflict with Israel constantly fighting them back.

Mr Nerguizian said that Mr Hariri will make the case for a narrative that "Lebanon is not defined by Hizbollah and that the LAF is not subordinated to the party". "With the support of Iran, the organisation is also fueling humanitarian catastrophe in Syria".

Whilst the group is Lebanese, it is strongly backed by Iran, and its political wing is very influential within the country.

Another striking moment in the Rose Garden saw Trump lauding his administration's progress in the war against ISIS. Foreign Policy reported that Lebanese lawmakers responded by lobbying their USA counterparts in Congress against the legislation.

It remains unclear what the final legislation would look like or whether Republican leadership will be able to muster enough votes to get it to Trump's desk.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday thanked Senate Republicans for voting to open debate on a measure to repeal Obamacare, though it remains unclear what that proposal will be.



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