Standing next to Saad Hariri in the Rose Garden, the U.S. president lauds Lebanon for fighting a group that it isn't fighting.
Published on Haaretz
on the 26th of July 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised Lebanon's efforts to guard its borders to prevent Islamic State and other militant groups from gaining a foothold inside their country and promised continued American help, all while apparently misspeaking or misunderstanding when he claimed that Lebanon was fighting a member of its own government.
Speaking at a White House press conference after talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri – who was standing at the adjacent lectern – the American president said: "Lebanon is on the front lines in the fight against ISIS, al-Qaeda and Hezbollah. The Lebanese people of all faiths are working together to keep – and you know this, and we've been discussing this at great length – their country safe and prosperous."