“Trump says something to the effect of, he gets a little smirk on his face and he says, ‘So what are we going to do about the oil?’” a source in the White House meeting told the US news outlet.
Asked by Mr Al-Abadi what he meant, Mr Trump said, “Well, we did a lot, we did a lot over there, we spent trillions over there, and a lot of people have been talking about the oil,” according to the source.
“It was a look down and reach for your coffee moment,” a second source who was in the room told the site.
Mr Trump again raised the issue with Mr Al-Abadi during a phone call last summer, according to the outlet, and discussed seizing Iraq’s oil with officials in a Situation Room meeting last year.
The 72-year-old was reportedly told by defence secretary James Mattis that such a move would be a violation of international law.
“We do not discuss internal deliberations, and the secretary’s advice and counsel to the president is private,” a Pentagon spokesperson said.
The Independent has contacted the White House for comment.
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