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Bush Maintains Support of Iraqi Prime Minister

President Bush met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Jordan this morning. Later at a press conference, the president maintained his support for the Iraqi leader, and insisted that there would be no immediate troop withdrawal.

Their meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but it was abruptly cancelled and rescheduled for Thursday morning.

"He's the right guy for Iraq," Bush declared before reporters after their meeting Thursday morning.

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Eric Westervelt is a San Francisco-based correspondent for NPR's National Desk. He has reported on major events for the network from wars and revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa to historic wildfires and terrorist attacks in the U.S.