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U.S. President Donald Trump and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri (not pictured) attend a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 25, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised Lebanon's efforts to guard its borders to prevent Islamic State and other militant groups from gaining a foothold inside their country and promised continued American help.

"America's assistance can help ensure that the Lebanese army is the only defender Lebanon needs," Trump said at a White House news conference with Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri.

(Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe and David Alexander; editing by Doina Chiacu and Grant McCool)

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