President Donald Trump has a history of making some very bizarre, most of the time contradictory, statements and his press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday was no different.
The press conference took place only moments after the Senate voted along party lines to proceed on a motion to completely gut Americans’ health care. Trump spoke in the Rose Garden, thanking the Republican senators for their vote. He continued to go on about this, while Prime Minister Hariri stood there. Trump stated, “Now we move forward towards truly great health care for the American people.”
Of course Trump also made sure to call out those who voted against the motion, Republican Senators Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski, simply using his signature phrase, “it’s sad.” he added, “For them.”
One of many strange moments during the press conference was when the president thanked PM Hariri for the efforts Lebanon took in fighting extremist groups, including Shia Muslim militant organization and political party Hezbollah. Trump stated:
‘Hezbollah is a menace to the Lebanese state, the Lebanese people and the entire region. The group continues to increase its military arsenal which threatens to start yet another conflict with Israel. With the support of Iran, the organization is also fueling humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.’
One major issue with that statement Trump; Hezbollah is large part of the Lebanese government.
Hariri only became the prime minister after a 29-month long political stalemate in Lebanon. The stalemate only came to an end after Michel Aoun, who is an ally of Hezbollah, became president. Hariri was named prime minister by Aoun as somewhat of a compromise deal. While Hariri has an oppositional attitude toward the organization, its members still have significant power within the Lebanese government.
The president has come under fire in the past, during his time as presidential candidate, when he made a comment that the difference between Hezbollah and the Palestinian organization Hamas did not matter to him.
Trump really needs to hit a few books, it would seem, and stop making a fool of himself, and in turn America, in front of various world leaders. You can see video footage of Trump’s press conference below.
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