December 31, 2019 / 7:53 PM / 20 days ago

Trump spoke with Iraqi PM on need to protect Americans - White House

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media after participating in a video teleconference with members of the U.S. military at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., December 24, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump spoke on Tuesday with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abd al-Mahdi and emphasized the need to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, the White House said in a statement, after an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

“The two leaders discussed regional security issues and President Trump emphasized the need to protect United States personnel and facilities in Iraq,” the statement said.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chris Reese

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