President Trump held a joint press briefing at the White House with Lebanon's Prime Minister, Saad Hariri. President Trump praised Lebanon for its fight against Islamic State, al Qaeda and Hezbollah. The Lebanese prime minister was clearly too polite to directly correct the president.
Lebanon is not fighting Hezbollah. On the contrary. Hezbollah is an established party, well represented in the parliament and is a part of the government. Hezbollah is in fact involved in the fight against the jihadist terrorists. It is fighting against al Qaeda in the Lebanon Syria border region.
President Trump's faux pas had to be embarrasing for the Lebanese prime minister. It also must be embarrassing for President Trump. One can only wonder how the president of the US could make such a faux pas. Surely the president is briefed by experts before meeting foreign leaders? Was the president deliberately misled? Did he simply make it up, off the cuff? Is it simply a reflection of the American tendency to assume that the rest of the world shares their perception or they are the enemy? Whatever the reason for the mistake, it was a serious error.