Has Donald Trump Even Heard of Hezbollah Before Today?

Hariri was said to be looking for continued U.S. support for the Lebanese military, and plans by United States to tighten sanctions on the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. He added, "We have done more than we are able to bear in this conflict".

In a unilateral move on April 7, the United States military chose to target the Syrian army directly by firing 59 Tomahawk missiles at al-Shayrat airbase in Homs province in western Syria.

But Lebanon is a land of contradictions, largely due to the outsized influence of Hezbollah-an Iranian-backed group that the USA, the European Union, and Israel all consider a terrorist organization-on its politics and security.

"I will be going to the Congress tomorrow and talking to both parties and I believe that there are already enough sanctions on Lebanon and in the banking sector", Hariri told Al-Monitor today following his remarks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

The president wrongly credited the Lebanese government with fighting Hezbollah when he heaped praise on its prime minister at the White House on Tuesday.

Speaking at the White House press conference earlier, Trump did say, "I want to thank the Prime Minister and the Lebanese people for giving shelter to those victimized by ISIS, the Assad regime, and their supporters and sponsors, and pledge our continued support to Lebanon".

The LAF's complicity in Hezbollah's criminal activity is most evident in Syria, where Hezbollah recently claimed several victories against Sunni jihadists in the Lebanon-Syria border region, with the help the Lebanese army.

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"We have an understanding with Hezbollah", Hariri said.

US President Donald Trump said that he won't let Syrian President Bashar al-Assad get away with the "horrible" actions he has done, the media reported. However, "My job as the prime minister of Lebanon is how to best shield Lebanon from any problems inside the country".

Negotiations began on Tuesday between Lebanese officials and the Nusra Front over the withdrawal of remaining militants to insurgent-held territory in Syria, he also said.

The Lebanese government is indeed fighting against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida.

"To put it into perspective, it's not just the Lebanese Armed Forces", Gebeily said.

In one of the stranger moments of the press conference, Trump thanked Hariri for Lebanon's efforts in fighting extremist groups, including Shia Muslim militant organization and political party Hezbollah. He also hoped to appeal to lawmakers to make sanctions against Hezbollah as specific as possible, so that they do not hurt Lebanon.

Trump responded, "We will do that".

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