Iraqi prime minister joins Trump for meeting focusing on IS

Pauline Gross
March 21, 2017

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi appeared to poke fun at President Donald Trump during a visit to the White House on Monday, joking that he had "nothing to do with the wiretap".

"We will figure something out".

Trump says they'll also address what he calls the "vacuum" that was created when the Islamic State group claimed Iraq.

Trump last week announced a $54 billion increase in United States defence spending.

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.

He has vowed to eradicate "radical Islamic terrorism".

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Government forces retook the east side of Mosul in January before setting their sights on the more densely populated west of the city, the last major urban center the IS group holds in Iraq. How Iraq will be impacted by Trump's approach isn't known.

Al-Abadi arrived in Washington having already won one concession from the Trump administration.

The leaders' public comments did not touch on Trump's remark on the day he took office that the USA may get a chance to take Iraq's oil as compensation for its efforts there - something al-Abadi, and later, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, rebuffed.

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

Trump made public comments in support of President George W. Bush's 2003 invasion of Iraq then later said he opposed the military operation.

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