Trump to host Iraq PM at White House

Trump to host Iraq PM at White House

Trump to host Iraq PM at White House

During the first meeting between President Donald Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Monday, the two leaders sat down in the Oval Office for the obligatory photo op that has previously brought us handshakes both awkward and non-existent. From left are, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi appeared to poke fun at President Donald Trump during a visit to the White House on Monday, joking that he had "nothing to do with the wiretap".

"One of the things I asked him was why did President Obama sign that agreement for Iran because nobody has been able to figure that one out", Trump said.

US President Donald Trump (R) meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the Oval Office in the White House on March 20, 2017, in Washington, DC.

Trump says they'll also address what he calls the "vacuum" that was created when the Islamic State group claimed Iraq.

Trump, who has been a staunch opponent of the worldwide agreement negotiated by the U.S. under President Barack Obama, took the opportunity to criticize it amid meeting Abadi in the White House on Monday.

Trump campaigned on a promise to dramatically increase the battle against IS militants. "The president recognizes the importance of Iraq", he said in a meeting at the US Institute of Peace.