Trump Criticizes Iran Nuclear Deal As Talks Start With Iraqi PM

Donald Trump to host Iraq PM Abadi at White House today

Emerging from his first meeting with President Donald Trump, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday he was assured the USA will accelerate its support for his country's struggle against the Islamic State group.

In a meeting on the 14th anniversary of the USA invasion, Trump questioned whether the United States should have pulled combat troops out of the country.

Speaking at a Washington think tank shortly after his White House visit, al-Abadi said he got the impression that the Trump administration will take a more aggressive approach, although he did not say what that might entail.

"We should never ever have left", he said, after previously having supported the withdrawal.

The billionaire-turned-president told an Iraqi delegation that he was wondering why Obama supported the deal, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), further asserting "nobody" knows why.

Even before Trump took office, Iraqi forces recaptured a string of major cities from Islamic State, shrank the militant group's finances and significantly stemmed the flow of foreign fighters, all with the support of USA -led coalition air strikes and military advisers.

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"It's not an easy job", Trump said. Your soldiers are fighting hard.

Abadi spoke as Iraqi forces made steady progress in seizing back Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, from Islamic State, which officials expect will become a more classic insurgency once it loses its last major strongholds. I know there is a plan. "Maybe someday we'll be able to figure it out". "I mean we have to get rid of ISIS", he added, using an alternate acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group. "It will happen. It's happening right now".

"One of the things I did ask is, 'Why did President Obama sign that agreement with Iran?' because nobody has been able to figure that one out", Trump said.

Abbadi thanked Trump for removing Iraq from a travel ban affecting several Muslim-majority countries. Both the initial January 27 travel ban and the revised version have been blocked by federal courts.

Trump also affirmed USA support for the fight against the terrorist group ISIS and said "a lot of things are different than they were just five or six weeks ago" in that regard.

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