President Trump Press Conference With Italian Prime Minister

President Donald Trump arrives at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown N.J

President Donald Trump arrives at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown N.J

In return, the Italian leader seemed ready and eager to provide political cover for Trump, who is struggling to smother multiple crises at home ahead of crunch November mid-term elections.

"Mr. Prime Minister, I want to begin by congratulating you once again on your tremendous victory in Italy".

Along those lines, Trump remarked that the Italian government "has taken a very firm stance on the border", something that he said other countries should do, commenting that "some have taken that stance a long time ago, and they're doing a lot better".

The 53-year-old Italian did not campaign or run in the March election, in which no party gained an outright victory.

"We are both outsiders to politics".

READ ALSO: Who is Giuseppe Conte, the political novice now Italy's populist PM? Trump, for his part, has expressed support for Conte, at one point tweeting that "the people of Italy got it right!"

Conte took office last month promising to bring radical change to Italy, including more generous welfare provisions and a crackdown on immigration.

Trump - who has pursued a "zero tolerance" policy at the USA border, a crackdown that led to hundreds of children being separated from parents who crossed into the country from Mexico without papers - praised Conte's approach on the issue.

Trump has made no secret of his belief that his hard-line immigration policies boosted him to the Oval Office, and he launched an aggressive push for additional border security measures early this year.

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"I think it would be good for Russian Federation, I think it would be good for the United States, I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G7", Trump said.

President Trump is holding a news conference at the White House with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

The most obvious common ground between the two leaders is their hardline stances on immigration.

"I agree very much with what he's doing on migration and illegal immigration, and even legal immigration", Trump said.

"I probably, at least partially, won an election because of immigration", Trump said during a news conference at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters.

League leader and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said Italy would back the trade talks with the European Union, in an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper.

As Daniele Moro of the U.S. -Italy Forum told us, "Italy has traditionally benefited from a close relation with the United States of America in dealing with much stronger France and Germany". Republican leaders disagree, hoping they can avoid a high-profile display of dysfunction and focus their message on the GOP tax cuts and the strong economy.

Trump also described the Iran nuclear deal, which he pulled the USA out of in May, as "ridiculous" and a "waste of paper".

Last week, McConnell said on a radio show in his home state of Kentucky that a government shutdown is "not going to happen". And we discussed that, and we'll work something out.

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