Trump says U.S. supports Argentina, backs its efforts with IMF

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign fundraising luncheon for Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) and GOP congressional candidate Mark Harris at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, NC, U.S., August 31, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States supports Argentina “during this trying time” and backs its engagement with the International Monetary Fund as it tries to overcome its economic woes.

“I have confidence in (Argentine) President (Mauricio) Macri’s leadership, and I strongly encourage and support his engagement with the International Monetary Fund to strengthen Argentina’s monetary and fiscal policies to tackle the country’s current economic challenges,” Trump said in a statement outlining a call he held earlier with Macri.

Reporting by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Andrea Ricci