New York Times: No U.S. Military Role in Libya, Trump Says, Rejecting Italy’s Pleas
President Trump said on Thursday that he would not give the American military a direct role in helping stabilize war-ravaged Libya, rejecting years of pleading by Italy for more assistance in stemming African migrant traffic into Europe.
Mr. Trump’s comments came during a White House news conference with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy, who implored the United States to step up its “critical” involvement in Libya, a former Italian colony.
“We need a stable and unified Libya,” Mr. Gentiloni, who has been in office since November, said, discussing a conflict that has sent thousands of asylum seekers across the Mediterranean to Italy and other European countries. “A divided country, and in conflict, would make civility worse.”
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WNU Editor: The Italian Prime Minister wants the U.S. to intervene. Libya is now the gateway for millions of Africans who want a better life in Europe, and as long as chaos reigns supreme in that country, the human smugglers are taking full advantage of the situation ..... Italian PM: 'Chaos' of Migrant Crisis Threatens to Engulf Europe (VOA). As to what is my take .... I am done with nation building.
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