Trump addresses US troops, emphasizes achievements in Middle East

In a speech to American troops in Italy, US President Donald Trump referred to his visit to the Middle East and his efforts to promote an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. He said that both Israel and the Palestinians told him that they will work towards achieving peace. On Iran, Trump said: "We also further isolated the Iranian regime."
Trump addresses Marines in Sicily Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

US President Donald Trump wrapped up his first overseas trip as president with a speech to US Marines stationed in Sicily, Italy, before taking off for Washington, DC. To the appreciation of his audience, Trump spoke of fighting terrorism, sanctioning Iran and peace through strength.

He also referred to his efforts to advance peace in the Middle East, which included his visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the West Bank and said that both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas promised him that they would work to achieve peace.

Trump: "Netanyahu and Abu Mazen promised me that they would work to achieve peace" Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

"I met with the Palestinian leader, President Abbas,” Trump said. “He assured me he’s willing to reach for peace with Israel in good faith and I believe he will and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he assured me that he’s ready to reach for peace. He’s a friend of mine and he means it.”

On his agreement with the Sunni states regarding Iran, Trump said: "We also further isolated the Iranian regime over its hostile and destabilizing actions and reaffirmed that Iran must never be allowed to obtain under any circumstances a nuclear weapon."

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