President Trump welcomes Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras to White House

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is welcoming Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to the White House to address a range of economic and security issues — and perhaps make amends.

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

They also may talk about the past. During the 2016 election, the left-leaning Greek premier warned that Trump represented an “evil” set of ideas.

Trump tweeted in 2012 that Greece should get out of the euro and go back to its own currency, adding, “they are just wasting time.”

Greece has relied on international bailouts since 2010 to address hardships during the economic recession. In exchange, the country imposed painful spending cuts, tax hikes and reforms.

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