In a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paulo Gentiloni, U.S. President Donald Trump said that the only role he saw for the U.S. in Libya was to defeat any remaining Islamic State militants.
|The statement is somewhat surprising. Some have thought that Trump would lean towards supporting eastern commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and the eastern-based House of Representatives (HoR) government, a rival to the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli. Russia has been supportive of Haftar although it has also kept open lines of communication with the GNA. Perhaps Trump does not want to be associated with Haftar since he is associated with Russia!|