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An amendment to the Middle East security bill, which was passed by 70 votes to 26, states that Islamic State (Isis) still poses a "serious threat" to U.S. security and calls on the president to certify that the group has suffered "enduring defeat" before there is any significant USA pullout in Syria. "In Afghanistan and Iraq, almost 7,000 American heroes have given their lives", he said.

He said that after so many years of fighting in Afghanistan, now is the time "to at least try for peace", saying the Taliban wants the same.

He said his administration was holding constructive talks with a number of groups, including Taliban militants.

"Remnants - that's all they have, remnants - but remnants can be very unsafe", he said.

The 77-23 vote Tuesday, a rare break with the president, was prompted by Senate Republicans' strong disapproval of Trump's announcement in December that he was declaring victory against Islamic State in Syria and withdrawing US forces from the country.

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, Trump said that "virtually" all the territory had been liberated from the control of the so-called Islamic State.

During Wednesday's meeting, Trump did not back down his determination to bring the troops home: "We look forward to giving our fearless warriors in Syria a warm welcome home".

Meanwhile, South Korea applauded Trump's announcement during his speech that he will attend a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam later this month.

The Senate passed a Middle East policy bill Tuesday that includes a rebuke of President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw US troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

His rhetoric toward Iran was much stronger, remaining consistent with the tone he has struck since before becoming president when he was strongly critical of the global agreement that limited Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

In his State of the Union address, Trump said Iran "chants death to America and threatens genocide against the Jewish people".

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My administration has acted decisively to confront the world's leading state sponsor of terror: "the radical regime in Iran."

"They do bad, bad things", the US president said of Iran.

Trump also tasked the Pentagon late past year to start making plans for cutting the USA force in Afghanistan in half.

Trump defended his decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, which had lifted crippling sanctions in exchange for Iran curtailing its nuclear ambitions.

The president told representatives of a 79-member, USA -led coalition fighting IS that the militants held a tiny percentage of the vast territory they claimed as their "caliphate".

Now, after defeating IS militants in their last urban bastions, Iraqi politicians and militia leaders are increasingly speaking out against the continued presence of USA forces on Iraqi soil. He says Russian Federation violated the pact, which Russian Federation denies.

"The opposing side is also very happy to be negotiating", he added. In other words, we had Iraq. Trump also called attention to his efforts to rewrite trade deals with China and other nations to make the terms more favorable to the United States.

As is tradition, Trump's national televised speech was followed by a Democratic response, this time given by Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost her bid to become the first African-American governor of a southern US state.

Trump also sought credit for opposing "socialist policies" of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, which he claimed had ruined his nation. Apart from lauding economic accomplishments - unemployment near a five-decade low and manufacturing job growth among them - Trump's speech was light on new initiatives to further stoke growth in an economy seen as losing momentum as it began 2019.

Hecker said others would have to carry the burden once the USA left. -China trade deal that he is insisting includes protecting American jobs, reducing the US trade deficit with China and ending unfair trade practices.

Wednesday's meeting was the first of senior coalition officials since Trump announced USA troops would withdraw. However, he hammered on his assertions that illegal immigration was unsafe for the United States.