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Trump Criticizes Iran Nuclear Deal As Talks Start With Iraqi PM

21 March 2017, 12:42 | Erica Roy

Trump Criticizes Predecessors' Iraq Strategies in Abadi Meeting

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington Monday

President Donald Trump is welcoming Iraq's prime minister to the White House for their first meeting since Trump assumed office.

As he left Iraq for the USA on Sunday, Abadi said Iraqi forces were close to ridding the country of the Islamic State (IS) and that he would talk to the U.S. administration about the final steps needed, CNN reported.

In front of reporters in the Oval Office, Trump declined to respond to questions about wiretapping, according to a pool report.

Trump campaigned on a promise to dramatically increase the battle against IS militants.

President Donald Trump greets Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi upon his arrival to the White House in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017.

He has vowed to eradicate "radical Islamic terrorism".

Abadi, the first Arab head of government to meet with Trump since he took office, is in Washington as the USA convenes a summit with 68 nations fighting the Islamic State. Both contribute significantly to peacekeeping missions and development programs.

Al-Abadi arrived in Washington having already won one concession from the Trump administration. From left are, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. There, the U.S.is shifting from working quietly behind the scenes on Syria's toxic battlefield, turning instead toward overt displays of USA force in an attempt to shape the fight ahead of efforts to recapture the Islamic State's de facto capital, Raqqa.

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