Lebanese PM Saad Hariri and Donald Trump Discuss ISIS, Syrian Refugees

President Donald Trump meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Tuesday

Hezbollah's effective control over Lebanon will undermine President Donald Trump's efforts to counter all terror threats in the Middle East, an expert on Lebanon argued in an analysis published Wednesday in Tablet Magazine.

Through mistakenly saying that Lebanon was on the front lines in the fight against Hezbollah - when in fact the terrorist group is part of the Lebanese government - Trump noted that the group is "fueling the humanitarian catastrophe" in Syria.

But there's just one problem: Hezbollah and Lebanon are allies.

US President Donald Trump accused Syria's leader Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday of committing "horrible" crimes against humanity and vowed to prevent his regime from carrying out any more chemical attacks.

Hariri said he hopes the partnership between the USA and Lebanon against terrorism will continue until terrorists are defeated.

The operation commander of Hezbollah has declared in a statement that fighting al-Nusra elements is ending and it urged all terrorists to disarm and surrender to save their lifes.

Well, yes. But also, Hezbollah's political wing holds 14 seats in Lebanon's 128-seat parliament.

Still, the silver lining exists in how the Department of Defence remains to be a critical point of policy continuity when it comes to Lebanon and its army, according to Mr Nerguizian, who studies Lebanon's military dynamics.

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"But, we were able with the President to reach a political solution based on protecting the country from all that is happening outside and supporting the country from the inside by introducing projects related to progress", he said.

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.

Many members of Congress have traditionally been skeptical of the LAF, arguing that Hezbollah exerts too much influence on Lebanon's security apparatus.

Since that resolution was adopted in NY, U.S. administrations have provided the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and Internal Security Forces (ISF) with some $1.4 billion in aid.

However, with the Trump administration seeking to slash the State Department budget on foreign spending and military aid, there are concerns that the funding for Lebanon's military will be completely cut in 2018.

Trump and Hariri also emphasized their solidarity in fighting terrorism. "I believe that maybe the United States also could help in solving this issue in the Gulf".

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