Davos Bilat #5 – President Trump Meets With President Salih of Iraq – Video and Transcript…

President Trump holds a bilateral discussion with the President of the Republic of Iraq, Barham Salih. [Video and Transcript]

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[Transcript] – PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. It’s great to be with the President of Iraq, and we are obviously working on a lot of things together. We’re working on military. We’re working on ISIS. We’re working on — we have a whole host of very difficult things to discuss, and some very positive things also. And we’ve been friends, and the relationship is very good. And I just want to thank you very much, Mr. President.

PRESIDENT SALIH: Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you. It’s an important opportunity to meet President Trump to talk about the developments in our neighborhood. These are challenging times, difficult times. And I look for a very fruitful and very candid conversation with the President.

We have had an enduring relationship, and the United States has been a partner to Iraq and in the war against ISIS. This mission needs to be accomplished, and I believe you and I share the same mission for a stable, sovereign Iraq that is at peace with itself and at peace with its neighbors.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Great . Thank you very much.

Q What is the plan for pulling out U.S. troops from Iraq?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we’re talking about a lot of different things, and you’ll be hearing whatever we do. But they like what we’re doing and we like them, and we’ve had a very good relationship. I can only speak for my administration; I won’t speak for past administrations, frankly. But we’ve had a very good relationship.

And we’re down to a very low number. We’re down to 5,000. So we’re down to a very low number — historically low. And we’ll see what happens.

Q Mr. President, are you still considering sanctions against Iraq?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We’ll see what happens because we do have to do things on our terms. We (inaudible) —

PRESIDENT SALIH: We have a lot of common interests: the fight against extremism; stability in the neighborhood —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: That’s right.

PRESIDENT SALIH: — a sovereign Iraq that is stable, friends of the neighbors, and friends of the United States.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: And we’re also involved with them in their oil business, and that’s always been very important from their standpoint and from our standpoint. So we have a lot of very positive things to talk about.

But we are down to a low number, and we’ve been there for quite a while. So we’ll make a determination.

Okay? Thank you all very much.

Q President Salih, what was your reaction to the death of Qasem Soleimani?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you.

We’re going to do a news conference today. We have one other meeting, and then we’re going to be doing a news conference right after this.

Q You’re doing a new conference, Mr. President?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: So, that’ll be, I would say, within the next 45 minutes. Yeah, before leaving. We’re going to be leaving in a little while.

We’ve had tremendous success in Davos. And we’ll be leaving in a little while, but we’ll do a news conference — a quick news conference. And then we head back. Some of you are coming on a very nice plane.

Okay? So I’ll see you in a little while.

[End Transcript]

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4 Responses to Davos Bilat #5 – President Trump Meets With President Salih of Iraq – Video and Transcript…

  1. Robert Smith says:

    Trump bailed out the Iraqi president on Soleimani PDQ.

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    • lmk408 says:

      the question was very barely audible amongst others being asked at the same moment–clearly at a transition point in the presser imo

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  2. Vince says:

    While its seems that the Iraqi reaction to to attack on Soleimani, asking us to leave Iraq, is a loss for President Trump’s policy moves, it seems like a much bigger loss for the deep state. They want to be in Iraq forever, surrounding Iran as much as possible. The deep state wants to provoke action in the middle east, but it was an action they approved of that caused Iraq to ask us to leave. Times are changing and the endless wars may be nearing their end, and the deep state can’t stop it just by stopping President Trump.

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    • Dutchman says:

      Vince,
      As is often the case, what initially might have SEEMED like PDJT taking a ‘hit’ turned out not to be the case, seems to me.
      He looked “Presidential”, with a measured responce.

      His opponents looked like idiot children, taking rediculous position, then reversing it for an equally rediculous position a week later.

      And, PDJT has said all along he wants us to get out if endless wars, so the Shite faction voting a meaningless vote for us to leave, is ironic, and certainly doesn’t hurt PDJT.

      Gotta give it a waiting period, every incident to “see what happens”.
      I don’t see the recent events in Iraq as changing the needle, in a negative way, at all.

      The Dems are the ones who seem irratic, and with no clear strategy in ME.
      PDJT seems like he knows EXACTLY what he is doing. And no one who was for him, has shifted, based on killing Solemani.

      But its just possible that SOME who were against him, or unaccountably on the fence, seeing the clear insanity of his opponents shifting positions, and his steadfast resolve, came over to our side. IMHO.

      As for the wackos, the ones who if DJT walked on water, would complain he can’t swim? No one is paying any attention to them, any more.
      IMHO

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