Trump’s meeting with Greek Prime Minister Tuesday

US President Donald Trump (L) welcomes Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to the White House White House in Washington, DC on October 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. (JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (L) welcomes Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to the White House White House in Washington, DC on October 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. (JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images)

West Wing, The White House (YC) — President Donald J. Trump met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Tuesday in the White House.

Trump met with the Greek leader in the Oval Office for talks Tuesday that are expected to cover defense cooperation, economic investment and energy security.

The meeting happened just after 12 p.m. in the Oval Office.

Trump said it was an “honor” to have Tsipras in the White House despite the tough times Greece has had.

“They’re doing a terrific job of coming back,” Trump said. “They will be back. We’re working with them on many things.”

He said their meetings will explore “additional ways Greece will help us and we will help Greece.”

This includes the sale of F-16 planes.

“We’ve been great friends and allies,” Trump told reporters who watched the initial introduction between the two.

Mr. Tsirpas spoke about the “common values” of the U.S. and Greece.

Shortly after 12:30 p.m. President Trump day with Prime Minister Tsipras in the Cabinet Room.

Trump was seated with other U.S. officials on one side of the table, with the Greek delegation on the opposite side.

President Trump was accompanied by Secretaries Tillerson and Mnuchin.

Also present were Jared Kushner, H.R. McMaster, Wilbur Ross, Gary Cohn.

“You’ve gone through a lot. I commend you on what you’ve been able to do in a short period of time,” Trump told Tsipras. “I know your tourism is coming back strongly. You’ve had a record number of tourists. We are with you.”

Tsipras told President Trump that Greek-Americans are among the president’s big supporters.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.