Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has met with President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. He has heard both men talk about the importance defeating the Islamic State.
However, al-Abadi told “Fox News Sunday” that he noticed a big difference in how Trump and Obama approached the important issue.
“President Obama didn’t want to get involved in the first place. He just wanted to just forget Iraq,” al-Abadi said, explaining that there was immense public pressure on the U.S. to help Iraq.
Trump, on the other hand, seems to display a “very powerful determination to defeat” ISIS, the Iraqi leader added.Getty Images/Mark Wilson
Prime Minister al-Abadi met with President Trump at the White House last week and now feels confident that the “defeat” of ISIS is “definite” and will be done in a “short time.”
After his meeting with Trump, al-Abadi also emphasized the difference between Trump and Obama when it comes to battling terrorism.
“I think this administration wants to be more engaged in fighting terrorism. I sense a difference in terms of being head-to-head with terrorism,” he told reporters.
In one of his first acts as president, Trump ordered his Defense Department, headed by Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, to formulate a plan to “totally obliterate” ISIS. Mattis assured members of Congress that the plan will be completed in the coming months.