Trump to meet Italian premier ahead of G-7 meeting in Italy

Once critical of global deals, Trump slow to pull out of any

Thursday's U.S. -Italy meeting took place against a backdrop of high uncertainty in Europe, following Britain's decision to leave the European Union and the upcoming French presidential election - the first round of voting is Sunday.

US President Donald Trump said in a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Thursday that he does not see a role for the United States to play in Libya. The G-7 nations have attempted to pressure Russian Federation to put an end to Syria's civil war, without much success.

Italy has suffered sluggish economic growth and was a staunch backer of a proposed U.S.

France's anti-terrorism prosecutor said Friday the gunman had a note with him defending the Islamic State group. The EU has been a constant target, and Le Pen has called for a referendum similar to last year's Brexit vote.

"A strong Europe is very, very important to me as president of the United States".

Trump, in a news conference with the visiting Italian premier, didn't telegraph whether he would ultimately decide to keep the U.S.in the deal or not, though he called it "terrible agreement" that was poorly negotiated.

Gentiloni today is in Ottawa to finish preparing for the G7 summit he will host in Taormina, Sicily, in May with a meeting with Canadian leader Justin Trudeau.

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"We're doing very well on health care", Trump said Thursday, promising it "will be a great plan".

Trump was a supporter of the British decision to exit the European Union and has stated his preference for one-on-one trade and defense agreements with US allies. Trump has roundly criticized numerous world's global institutions and once called North Atlantic Treaty Organisation obsolete.

Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Italy has also committed to increase its defence spending to two per cent of gross domestic product, the target Trump wants all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to reach.

Canada changed its policy on pricing domestic milk to cover more dairy ingredients, leading to lower prices for Canadian products including ultra-filtered milk that compete with US milk.

"They are not living up to the spirit of the agreement, I can tell you that", Trump said of the Iranians, though he did not mention any specific violations.

He says his administration will have "something to say about" the Iran nuclear deal "in the not too distant future". "Because that's what it is, it's a menace right now", he said. Trump's administration is demanding that Congress fund a bigger USA border wall with Mexico and is suggesting that his administration could scrap the US nuclear deal with Iran.

Information for this article was contributed by Vivian Salama, Josh Lederman and Jill Colvin of The Associated Press; and by Toluse Olorunnipa and Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg News.

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