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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 group continues to increase its military arsenal which threatens to start yet another conflict with Israel", Trump added.

On Tuesday, Trump also renewed the attack on his predecessor Barack Obama for not taking more decisive actions against Assad.

"Our government is committed to the United Nations Security Council resolution 1701, as well as all resolutions", Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said alongside President Trump in the Rose Garden.

Asked about the possible sanctions on Hizbullah, the us leader said: "I'll be making my position very clear over the next 24 hours". But Lebanese forces aren't fighting Hezbollah.

"In Lebanon we are fighting ISIS and al-Qaeda". Syrian refugees make up about 25 percent of Lebanon's population of some 6 million people.

The press conference follows private meetings with Hariri. Foreign Policy reported that Lebanese lawmakers responded by lobbying their U.S. counterparts in Congress against the legislation. It doesn't, he said, need any more challenges.

Hariri assured that his "only concern is to preserve Lebanon, try our best to protect its stability and improve the economy". "We need to immediately explain to Congress why this is important ... and we will do that and I'm confident Congress will hopefully listen to some of the remarks that we'll have".

Katz said that with Iran's assistance, "Hezbollah has fueled the humanitarian disaster in Syria, and the organization likes to portray itself as the defender of Lebanon while in fact it is very clear that its true interests are those of itself and of its patron, Iran". "And then you have the State Department. criticizing Saudi Arabia for the blockade of Qatar", she said.

US-Russian brokered ceasefire must have a chance to be successfully implemented, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Wednesday.

"We are also working to approve the gas and oil draft law as soon as possible and it will be ratified in parliament in the next few weeks". The militants have "effectively lost" most of the land they held in the barren, mountainous border region of Jroud Arsal, he added.

"The situation in Lebanon is hard but not impossible", he concluded.

An appeals court overturned that ban as well, but the Supreme Court allowed portions to go through, including a 50,000 cap on refugees allowed into the USA - a number reached earlier this month, meaning many will be turned away.


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