Salvini has persecuted Trump's immigration policy, but he will not separate children
Prior to their meeting on Monday, Italian immigrant politician told Christiane Amanpour of CNN that he had "closely followed" the "US approach to illegal immigration," but added that he wanted to separate children from their parents the line.
"We try as far as possible not to separate families, children can not be legally deported out of the country," said Salvini, who is also Italy's Deputy Prime Minister, in an interview on Thursday. "That means I can not teach President Trump how to handle things – I'm satisfied with how we handle our migration crisis in Italy." Thousands of people detained after crossing the southern US border. Many families have been separated, often from their parents, and officials are trying to reunite thousands of separated families.
Salvini shares Trump's concerns about Iran and says Italy has ceased economic cooperation with the country in the Middle East.
"This is a country that believes it can erase another land (Israel) from the ground," said Salvini. "This can not be someone with whom we can engage in dialogue," adding that the Iranian nuclear deal, from which the US is partially retreating, "should be reconsidered."
Salvini told CNN he also hopes to talk with Pence about the "political situation in Libya, Iran, Venezuela" and possible partnerships between the two countries.
Since taking office in 201
8, the 46-year-old has emerged as a major player in the fragmented Italian coalition government – consisting of the anti-establishment five-star movement and Salvinis Hard-Right League.
Since then, he has taken a series of measures against immigrants and implemented law and order measures reminiscent of Italy's fascist past, such as the dismantling of migrant and Roma camps.
Under Salvini, illegal immigration via Italy to Europe has plummeted. Last year, slightly more than 23,000 irregular crossings from North Africa to Italy were recorded, down 80% from 2017.
The Minister's recent salvo is to promote a decree requiring migrants' rescue ships fined up to $ 57,000 for entry to Italy are evidenced waters without permission.
UN investigators said the decree would "seriously undermine the human rights of migrants," but Salvini redoubled the decision and accused rescue organizations like Sea-Watch of not adhering to the law and "working with traffickers."  He said that ships "are rescuing people near Tunisia or Malta away from Italy" but "twice as long" to reach Italy and disembark migrants on its shores.
"Saving lives is not Law After that, you must comply with the laws, international conventions and instructions of the various navies, "he added.
Sea-Watch has previously questioned the closure of ports by the Home Secretary to rescue passing ships NGOs and has defended his rescue of migrants in distress. "We have not broken any law, on the contrary, we have again complied with the Law of the Sea and the Geneva Refugee Convention!", It said in a Facebook post.
"Sea Rescue is not a crime," added the organization, which sued Italy before the European Court of Human Rights for excluding ships from docking. Many ships, some of which carried hundreds of people, were at sea and for days could not dock anywhere. Earlier this year, Sea-Watch accused the Italian authorities of having invented irregularities to prevent them from leaving the port of Catania and delaying the return to patrol in the Mediterranean.
Salvini reiterated his inflammatory rhetoric on migrants during the interview, falsely claiming "There are neighborhoods in [the French city of] Marseilles where Sharia [law] is implemented." He added that he agreed with the comments of the Archbishop of Bologna that it was better to "move away from countries that are culturally closer to us".
In the European Parliament elections last month, the Salvini League won more than 34% of the vote, while coalition partners Five Star lost ground.
On Thursday, French Marine Le Pen introduced a new right-wing extremist group in the European Parliament, which included Salvini's party, Reuters reported.
The newly named Identity and Democracy (ID) Group is the fifth largest grouping in the European Parliament.
However, due to the electoral success of the League, Salvini ruled out early elections in Italy.
"I have no other ambitions than to keep the promises I made," he said. "Maybe we can talk about it in a few years."