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Trump Slams Hezbollah After Praising Its Anti-ISIS Operation

Trump Slams Hezbollah After Praising Its Anti-ISIS Operation

This grant means the United States has given Lebanon more than $1.5 billion in humanitarian assistance since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2012, a State Department statement said.

"My job as Prime Minister of Lebanon is to shield Lebanon from any instability in Lebanon". Syrian refugees make up about 25 percent (1.5 million) of Lebanon's population of some 6 million people.

Trump was correct, however, that Lebanon is fighting Islamic State in Syria, via Hezbollah, which is aiding Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"The United States military has been proud to help in that fight and will continue to do so", he said.

Turning to the repercussions of displaced Syrians on Lebanon's infrastructure, he said: "Before the Syrian crisis, the infrastructure in Lebanon was already worn out, and today with the one million and a half displaced Syrians you can imagine the weariness in these infrastructure". The current Lebanese leader faces a precarious and delicate situation domestically, where Iranian-linked Hezbollah, which has refused to disarm since the end of the Lebanese civil war in 1990, is by far the most powerful actor within the country in terms of political and military strength. Hezbollah is also supported by Iran.

Hezbollah's "true interests are those of itself and its sponsor, Iran", he added.

"Lebanon is on the frontlines against the terrorism of ISIS, al-Qaida and Hizbullah", Trump went on to say.

However, with the Trump administration seeking to slash the State Department budget on foreign spending and military aid, there are concerns that the funding for Lebanon's military will be completely cut in 2018.

Meetings on eve of Parliament session
A beaming and pepped up Mr Modi later mingled freely with Opposition leaders in Lok Sabha. A total of 18 bills has been listed for passage in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.


Trump praised Hariri for his nation's effort in hosting Syrian refugees. The success against ISIS is extraordinary, in the last four or five months, that previous administration made in eight years.

He also expressed optimism about security cooperation with Lebanon but did not specify what level of support the USA would be providing.

"Before they had to call this House, I let the generals to do what they had to do", said Trump.

"I am not a fan of Assad".

Obama should have crossed the red line he had drawn in regard to Assad's actions, Trump said, adding that "some frightful acts against humanity took place, including gas and the killing through gases".

Trump's comments were met with silence from Hariri, who later told reporters that Trump was "well-informed" about Hezbollah during their meeting, the Washington Post reported.

The alleged decision was reportedly taken in consultation with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster ahead of Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, Germany, earlier in July.


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