Iran rejects Trump’s State of the Union accusations of anti-Semitism

Minnie Murray
February 7, 2019

"We spent a fortune on building this incredible base", Trump said.

Iraqi politicians yesterday hit back at US President Donald Trump after he said that he plans to keep US forces in the country to spy on Iran. The move has received bipartisan pushback from officials and politicians who have feared an ISIS resurgence and growing Iranian influence in the region, but Trump said there were only "remnants" of the group left and, while "remnants can be very unsafe", he looked forward to welcoming US troops home.

"My administration is holding constructive talks with a number of Afghan groups, including the Taliban", Trump said in his annual State of the Union address to Congress, weighing "a possible political solution to this long and bloody conflict". "We can make our communities safer, our families stronger, our culture richer, our faith deeper, and our middle class bigger and more prosperous than ever before", Trump said.

The growing tensions between the White House and the Democrats had already resulted in a 35-day partial shutdown of the US government, as Democrats refused to fund Trump's signature policy priority: a wall along the USA border with Mexico.

"Decades ago, the United States entered into a treaty with Russian Federation in which we agreed to limit and reduce our missile capabilities", he said.

"The fact the President made a decision and we are going to execute his orders here to withdraw forces from Syria and as we do that we're going to do that in a very deliberate manner", Votel added.

He said that the U.S. "mission is unwavering, but we need your help to accomplish it, just as we've had over the past months and years".

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, Trump took aim at Iran declaring it a "radical regime" that does "bad, bad things".

Even as U.S. troops are pulling out of Syria, President Trump has said he wants to keep some forces in the region "to protect Israel" and "watch Iran". Trump used part of his speech to offer a spirit of compromise, particularly in areas such as lowering the price of prescription drugs and funding a $1 trillion upgrade in United States roads, bridges and other infrastructure. "To ensure this corrupt dictatorship never acquires nuclear weapons, I withdrew the United States from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal", he said, referring to the 2015 sanctions-relief-for-nuclear-rollback agreement negotiated under President Barack Obama.

"We'll probably come back at a future date, with much more danger to our troops", Engel told Reuters.

"It is important to understand that even though this territory has been reclaimed the fight against ISIS and violent extremists is not over and our mission has not changed", the general said, using another name for Daesh.

He quit following the president's troop withdrawal announcement.

Senators gave final approval Monday to legislation opposing President Trump's Syria and Afghanistan troop withdrawals, voting overwhelmingly to urge him to revisit his plans and come up with a more careful approach.

He said the wall will be built in the areas identified by border agents as having the greatest need, and "where walls go up, illegal crossings go way, way down".

The top commander of USA forces in the Middle East says the Islamic State group's territorial hold in Syria and Iraq is on the verge of collapse.

"He was one of the Americans who helped rescue Joshua from that hell on earth", Trump said.

Trump reiterated this hardline stance against Maduro in Tuesday night's address.

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