President Trump Hosts a Joint Press Conference with the Prime Minister of the Italian Republic

President Trump and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte hold a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House.

President Donald Trump will welcome new Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the White House Monday.

The two leaders will have a private conversation in the Oval office, followed by an expanded bilateral meeting, with the White House saying the talks are aimed at deepening “cooperation in addressing global conflicts and promoting economic prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic” and at recognizing “the historical and cultural ties between the countries.”

Conte became Italy’s prime minister through a coalition deal reached by two anti-establishment political parties, the League and the Five Star Movement after Italy’s March 4 election.

These two parties garnered most votes, and had leaders who both aspired to become prime minister. As a compromise in forming a joint government, they chose Conte, a soft-spoken law professor with no previous political experience. The move made Conte the leader of Western Europe’s first fully populist government.

Since becoming Italy’s leader, Conte has emerged as Trump’s strongest supporter in Western Europe.

Trump has met Conte twice, at the recent G-7 and NATO summits, but the U.S. leader has already declared him “a really great guy” and said he “will do a great job — the people of Italy have got it right.” The two have at least one thing in common — populist administrations.


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4 Responses to President Trump Hosts a Joint Press Conference with the Prime Minister of the Italian Republic

  1. czarowniczy says:

    And next month Trump will have a meeting with the next Italian Prime Minister. Then in September…


    • czarowniczy says:

      On the good side though, the Italian people seem to be getting a case of the culo rosso with these huge flocks of immigrants who are making a bigger mess than the pigeons.


      • stella says:

        I love the Italians (worked with northerners for more than 40 years). They have poetry in their hearts, and are serious about their politics. I think they have become less socialist over the past decades, so we will see.


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