Trump Criticizes Predecessors' Iraq Strategies in Abadi Meeting

Nick Mcbride
March 21, 2017

"One of the things I did ask is, 'Why did President Obama sign that agreement with Iran?' because nobody has been able to figure that one out", Trump said.

US President Donald Trump will host Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the White House on Monday.

"Perhaps we shouldn't have gone in, but certainly we shouldn't have left, we never ever should have left and the vacuum was created", Trump said Monday during a photo session with Abadi.

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

In his election campaign Trump repeatedly criticized his predecessor President Barack Obama for allegedly not prosecuting the campaign to totally destroy the Islamic State with sufficient vigor and determination.

Trump did not respond to Abadi, nor did he answer the journalists' questions. He also sought greater assistance to help the country confront a humanitarian crisis, with more than 4 million people displaced in the fighting. Both contribute significantly to peacekeeping missions and development programs.

If approved by the Congress, over $3 billion of the additional money would be allocated to the fight against the IS, including $2 billion for a flexible fund that would allow the Pentagon to decide how to utilise resources in support of the new counter-IS strategy.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - a former ExxonMobil executive - made a rare public appearance at the White House.

President Donald Trump is welcoming Iraq's prime minister to the White House for their first meeting since Trump assumed office.

Other reports by VgToday

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