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Answering a question on US' intention regarding North Korea and its nuclear practice, Trump said North Korea was "a menace right now".

Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, left, shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, after meeting with him in his office on Parliament Hill Friday.

President Donald Trump told reporters that he does not anticipate the United States having a role in the stabilization of Libya, during a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House Thursday.

He repeatedly has said that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members don't pay their fair share and the US pays too much for military defense in Europe.

Gentiloni, who has been Italy's premier since December, stressed the need for burden-sharing in the refugee crisis, given Italy's proximity to Libya, where large numbers of foreigners undertake a risky voyage across the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe.

But Trump says he wants the U.S.to play a lead role in ridding nations of the Islamic State group. "I see that as a primary role, and that's what we're going to do whether it's in Iraq or in Libya, or anywhere else".

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"Our commitment to common defence is very clear", he said.

Washington is "taking steps to strengthen our partnership with ASEAN and deepen our friendship", Pence said, resolving to strengthen economic ties and security cooperation in combating terrorism and in the disputed South China Sea. While Renzi had a close relationship with President Barack Obama - and openly backed Democrat Hillary Clinton's candidacy - Gentiloni and Trump come to their relationship without much baggage, potentially opening the door for warm relations.

The Group of Seven major industrialized nations recently joined in urging Russian Federation to pressure the Syrian government to end the civil war in Syria. It's morphed from the form it was in a few weeks ago when the bill failed to pass the House and Trump says it keeps getting better.

"But we have to be aware of the fact that this push that goes against free trade as a catalyst for world growth. we need to work politically, culturally and economically to fight against this trend".

Gentiloni has been strongly critical of protectionist trade policies shielding a country's domestic industries from foreign competition by taxing imports. "And it's also, in my opinion - in my very strong opinion, important for the USA", he said.

They took pains not to offend the man most closely associated with the growing popularity of protectionist trade measures and closed borders: Trump.

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