World leaders react to Trump's State of the Union

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Trump last month claimed the Islamic State terror group had been defeated in Syria and said all usa troops were "coming back now".

In a prepared statement, Votel said the U.S.military was planning a "deliberate, safe and professional withdrawal of personnel and equipment", from Syria while maintaining sufficient power in the region.

"Our fearless troops have now been fighting in the Middle East for nearly 19 years".

"They wouldn't do that for me, Judah", Trump said.

The Senate voted 70-26 in favor of a non-binding amendment, drafted by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying it was the sense of the Senate that Islamist militant groups in both countries still pose a "serious threat" to the United States. "More than 52,000 Americans have been badly wounded". There's no evidence that the attack was related in any way to the Middle East.

US President Donald Trump called for curbs on certain types of abortions in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, citing recent legislation and debates in Virginia and NY on later-term abortions. He said land controlled by the Islamic State terror group has dwindled to 20 square miles - down from from 34,000 - because of USA forces and allied local partners.

Senate lawmakers also raised concerns Tuesday that the Kurds in Syria, who have fought alongside US troops, must not be abandoned and left to be annihilated by Turkey.

Japan also welcomed the announcement of a second meeting with North Korea and urged for the "complete and prompt implementation" of efforts toward full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, referring to the vague agreement Trump and Kim signed during their first summit in Singapore last June.

The Islamic State group has lost territory since Trump's surprise announcement in December that he was pulling US forces out, but military officials warn that the fighters could regroup within six months to a year after the Americans leave.

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"To ensure this corrupt dictatorship never acquires nuclear weapons, I withdrew the United States from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal".

Republican Senator Thom Tillis invited the pastor to watch Trump's address.

White House officials have pushed back, insisting the time has come for other nations to step up their contributions to the fight.

The president devoted a sizeable chunk of his speech to the contentious issue of immigration, and his deeply divisive plan to build a wall along the UIS-Mexico border.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who spoke to Trump before the pullout orders, has vowed to crush the Kurdish fighters in Syria, linking them to separatists at home. He said one remaining ISIS stronghold of about 1,000 fighters remains within a 20-square-mile area near the southern Euphrates River and the Iraqi border. "I'll get it built", Trump said in his State of the Union speech.

Senior diplomats from almost 80 countries gathered Wednesday at the State Department for a meeting of the growing anti-ISIS coalition.

Appearing before the House Armed Services Committee for a hearing on the Pentagon's counter terrorism strategy, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Owen West was asked point blank by Democrat Rep. Seth Moulton whether his former boss was wrong to oppose the President's decision.

She dismissed Trump's depiction of the Democratic opposition to his policies as "divisive" and "partisan" and called the recent government shutdown as a "disgrace" and "a stunt" by the president.