HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Latest Breaking News (Forum) » Trump Backed Libyan Stron...

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 02:53 PM

Trump Backed Libyan Strongman's Attack on Tripoli, U.S. Officials Say [View all]

Source: Bloomberg

President Donald Trump indicated in a phone call with Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar last week that the U.S. supported an assault on the country’s capital to depose its United Nations-backed government, according to American officials familiar with the matter.

An earlier call from White House National Security Adviser John Bolton also left Haftar with the impression of a U.S. green light for an offensive on Tripoli by his forces, known as the Libyan National Army, according to three diplomats.

Trump’s April 15 call with Haftar, whom the White House addresses by the title “Field Marshal,” was publicly announced on Friday. The revelation that the U.S. president had tacitly recognized Haftar as an authority figure in Libya abruptly undermined the country’s internationally-recognized government led by Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj.

Trump’s conversation with Haftar took place after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with the U.S. president on April 9 and urged him to back Haftar, according to two people familiar with the matter. Trump also spoke with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a Haftar supporter, the day before the White House issued the statement acknowledging the call with Haftar.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-24/trump-libya-haftar-tripoli

6 replies, 1156 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 6 replies Author Time Post
Reply Trump Backed Libyan Strongman's Attack on Tripoli, U.S. Officials Say [View all]
demmiblue Apr 2019 OP
dhill926 Apr 2019 #1
salin Apr 2019 #3
muriel_volestrangler Apr 2019 #4
stuffmatters Apr 2019 #2
Mc Mike Apr 2019 #5
Haggis for Breakfast Apr 2019 #6