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USA: Confused Trump praises Lebanese PM for fighting his own political partner Hezbollah 00:58

USA: Confused Trump praises Lebanese PM for fighting his own political partner Hezbollah

United States, Washington DC
July 26, 2017 at 17:17 GMT -00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump erroneously branded Hezbollah as an enemy of the Lebanese government, despite the group being a political partner of the man standing to his right Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday.

"Lebanon is on the frontlines in the fight against ISIS, Al Qaida, and Hezbollah", Trump announced, standing mere feet from the Lebanese PM.

He then stated that the Lebanese people are "working together to keep their… country safe and prosperous."

Hezbollah is fighting against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), in aid of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The group is not fighting Lebanon.

It was unclear whether the US President's statement was due to a misunderstanding or simply a slip of the tongue.

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US President Donald Trump erroneously branded Hezbollah as an enemy of the Lebanese government, despite the group being a political partner of the man standing to his right Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday.

"Lebanon is on the frontlines in the fight against ISIS, Al Qaida, and Hezbollah", Trump announced, standing mere feet from the Lebanese PM.

He then stated that the Lebanese people are "working together to keep their… country safe and prosperous."

Hezbollah is fighting against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), in aid of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The group is not fighting Lebanon.

It was unclear whether the US President's statement was due to a misunderstanding or simply a slip of the tongue.

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