He also said he had spoken at length to Mr Trump about how sanctioning banks which do business with the group could harm the Lebanese banking industry in general. "We look forward to that". "This was a big step".
Obama should have crossed the red line he had drawn in regard to Assad's actions, Trump said, adding that "some terrible acts against humanity took place, including gas and the killing through gases".
Lebanon has notably worked to expand universal health care to its citizens - but that irony wasn't the only unusual turn of events to come out of the press conference. A year later, the United States launched airstrikes on Syria for the first time.
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Alongside Turkey and Jordan, Lebanon has disproportionately shouldered the burden of taking in refugees from Syria. It also has taken in 1.5 million Syrian refugees, who now comprise about a quarter of its entire population. Trump acknowledged the high number, before going on to laud the country's efforts to provide for refugees in a range of ways, including providing food, water, shelter - and health care. The cuts to the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program would hit the country particularly hard, as the LAF, with the help of Hezbollah, is securing the war-torn Syrian border from the Islamic State (IS), al-Qaeda and other militants. "The group continues to increase its military arsenal, which threatens to start yet another conflict with Israel, constantly fighting them back.
Hezbollah is a menace to the Lebanese state, the Lebanese people and the entire region", Trump said, adding that the group's increasing military arsenal could lead to a conflict with USA ally Israel. But the trouble for Hariri is that Hezbollah, a militant Lebanese group that has seats in both the Lebanese parliament and cabinet, has fought alongside Assad's military. "For me, stability is the most essential part of my role in Lebanon", Hariri said during a lecture he gave at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
In response to a follow up question about the US' position on Hezbollah, Mr Trump said he would clarify his position "in the next 24 hours".
Haley said the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon must also do "much more" to help prevent another conflict, starting by acknowledging "illegal weapons that Hezbollah parades in front of the media". ISIS in Syria, ISIS in Iraq, we have made tremendous strides, our military is an incredible fighting force.