JD: Let me talk about Libya, I understand that the President Donald Trump had a conversation with the leader of the rebellious group that’s trying to attack Tripoli Libya take over this United Nations recognized leadership there. This thing is heating up over there is it not?
KT: Absolutely and there’s now a pitched battle for the capital Tripoli between the UN backed Prime Minister Serraj and General Haftar who has come from Benghazi, Haftar who was a Russian trained General. Now there has been reports that some of those Islamist are part of his forces. He battled them publicly in Benghazi so far. So now they are in a battle over the capital Tripoli and so you have this UN backed Prime Minister who’s basically trying to get the Europeans to swing their support behind him and not Haftar by threatening them.
JD: Well this is a tribal nation and Haftar seems to be able to try to bring under control like Gaddafi did these tribes and is he wanting to be the leader of Libya? Is that what his ultimate goal is?
KT: Absolutely and thank goodness President Trump finally has spoken to him. You know the State Department destroyed Libya completely smashed Libya and tore it apart and allowed Al-Qaeda and other Islamist groups to take over. And they had been the ones the State Department so called professional or career diplomats had been urging the President not to talk to Haftar. Well finally he talked to Haftar and I’m sure its also going to be seen as an encouragement to Haftar to continue the battle against Tripoli.
JD: Ken Timmerman with the details on the attempt to over throw the United Nations backed Libyan government in Tripoli.