08:27 GMT +324 April 2017
Live
    White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing in the briefing room of the White House in Washington

    White House Not Ruling Out Cooperation With Russia Against Daesh - Spokesman

    © AP Photo/ Evan Vucci
    World
    Get short URL
    369792

    According to the White House press secretary, Donald Trump's administration does not exclude from consideration cooperating with Moscow in combating Daesh in Syria.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The administration of President Donald Trump does not exclude from consideration cooperating with Moscow in combating Daesh in Syria, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Monday.

    "The plan [to destroy Daesh] continues to evolve. I am not going to start to rule out one country," Spicer said when asked whether cooperation with Russia in combatting the terror group is off the table.

    Spiced also said Trump has been "very clear in the past, if the country shares our commitment to defeating ISIS [Daesh] and we can work with them in an area of shared, mutual concern, then we will do so."

    Earlier on Monday, US media reported Trump's national security team was no longer considering any further collaboration with Russia against Daesh in Syria, citing former officials and current advisers familiar with the Defense Department plan.

    On February 27, Secretary of Defense James Mattis presented Trump the defense Department's 30-day review on defeating Daesh.

    The plan will be funded under the Trump administration's budget that increases US military spending by $54 billion, according to the White House.

    Related:

    Why Russia, Iran Are Frozen Out of Anti-Daesh Meeting in US
    US-Led Coalition Strikes Destroy Daesh Headquarters Near Raqqa
    Daesh Attempting Regrouping in Libya - US African Command Head
    Tags:
    cooperation, Daesh, Sean Spicer, United States, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment