Trump slams Iran, Hizbullah for human 'catastrophe' in Syria


Translation: I should check with the White House kitchen and see if they have any hezbollah they can serve the prime minister for lunch.

She said the council must get serious about enforcing its resolutions that have been routinely violated by Hezbollah and its backer Iran, including many calling on the militant group to disarm. Of Republican Senators Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK), who both voted against the motion, Trump said only, "It's sad".

The statement also establishes that the Trump administration hopes "to strengthen the bilateral relationship" with the meeting and " encourage other worldwide and regional partners to support Lebanon as it faces a wide range of challenges".

President Donald Trump and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri are pledging to fight terrorism to the end.

"The group continues to increase its military arsenal which threatens to start yet another conflict with Israel", Trump added.

Hariri said Trump understood and knew a lot about the government, but that Trump, like previous US administrations, nevertheless believes Hezbollah is an issue.

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

The Lebanese head of state was visiting Washington DC to lobby for more economic support for the tiny country, which is struggling to cope with an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees - equivalent to one in four of the population.

Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported the Trump administration had allegedly planned to cancel a CIA-funded program to train Syrian rebels fighting against Assad's government.

Whilst the group is Lebanese, it is strongly backed by Iran, and its political wing is very influential within the country. In fact, Hezbollah, which is fighting ISIS in Syria on behalf of the Assad regime, enjoys broad support in Lebanon.

It's not clear what the president meant or if he just made a mistake.

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".

Asked by Foreign Policy whether he felt that Trump's military answer was sufficient, Hariri replied, "The United States has helped the refugees when it comes to humanitarian aid, healthcare, and all of that" in addition to military support.

"Additional bills if they are to come, we believe that it's not necessary. but if they want to issue these bills, we need to protect Lebanon from any miswording in the bill", Hariri told reporters.