I Would Have ‘No Problem’ With Government Shutdown Over Border Security

Aaron Brown
August 2, 2018

Trump will welcome Conte to the Oval Office for the Italian prime minister's first trip to Washington since he took over the country's new populist government. "Of course the fake news didn't cover it that way, but I had a great meeting with President Putin of Russian Federation", he said.

Those sentiments were echoed by Conte, who described Italy and the United States as "almost twin countries", adding that "there are so many things that bring us together". Trump in turn praised Italy's crackdown on immigration, saying other European countries should follow its example. The President described Conte as "my new friend. we got along right from the beginning".

Conte meanwhile spoke of the Italian government's "innovative approach" to "try to resolve the phenomenon of immigration" which he said was "in line with the position of President Trump".

Communication between Washington and Moscow is essential for achieving global stability and security, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Monday during a joint news conference with US President Donald Trump at the White House. Republicans, who hold majorities in both the House and Senate, have not been able to pass the immigration changes the president wants.

"He has taken a very firm stance on the border, a stance that few countries have taken", Trump said, addressing reporters. After the meeting, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a radio interviewer that a shutdown so close to the November 6 midterm elections wouldn't happen.

Conte believes a conference in Rome, backed by the United States, will help Rome establish itself as the major interlocutor for Libya's warring factions.

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Conte stressed that the contract was agreed more than a decade ago, but vowed to proceed cautiously in a way that is "fully transparent with our partner, the Trump administration".

Trump did, however, find common ground with Conte on border security, crediting efforts to crack down on illegal immigration for both his own victory in 2016 and the election of Conte's government.

The two leaders stressed they meant to collaborate in the Mediterranean region and in efforts to stabilize Libya.

But a certain point of disagreement will be Trump's standoff with Iran - and the sanctions that hurt Italian-Iranian commercial relations.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was openly criticised by president Trump when he visited London this month and she also faced a backlash from angry voters.

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