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Any agreement with Beijing "must include real, structural change to end unfair trade practices", Trump said.

"It should be formally announced sometime probably next week that we will have 100 percent of the caliphate", Mr. Trump told his audience of global leaders in brief remarks.

The Senate backed the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act by a lopsided 77-23 on Tuesday, hours before Trump was to deliver his annual State of the Union speech discussing his policies for the year.

Trump says that he accelerated the negotiations with the Taliban to reach a political settlement.

He said the world was entering "an era of decentralised jihad", and said the U.S. would call on its allies for help "very soon".

Now there are 14,000 U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan. "But we're-yeah, they'll be coming back in a matter of time".

The United States also has a large air base in Iraqi Kurdistan, but experts told Al-Monitor it's not clear that air operations from that site or monitoring from al-Asad could effectively disrupt Iran-backed supply lines, which are strung up along air, maritime and land-based corridors throughout the region.

"Above all, friend and foe alike must never doubt this Nation's power and will to defend our people".

Since losing the urban strongholds of Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria, at the hands of the US and allied local forces, the militants' standing army has been entirely beaten in Iraq and isolated to a mere pocket of territory in Syria's far east, where a separate campaign waged by the Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies have also devastated ISIS.

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The economy is one of the brighter spots of Trump's two years in office, fueled partly by a $1.5 trillion tax cut that has helped drive the unemployment rate down to 4 percent.

In December, Trump tweeted, "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency", later releasing a video where he said U.S. troops are "all coming back, and they're coming back now". In other words, we had Iraq. "We have spent more than $7 trillion in the Middle East".

On Tuesday, the Senate passed a non-binding resolution condemning Trump's plans to withdraw troops from those two conflicts, and slapped new sanctions on the Syrian government.

USA officials have said in recent weeks that IS has lost 99.5 percent of its territory and is holding on to fewer than 5 square kilometers in Syria, or less than 2 square miles, in the villages of the Middle Euphrates River Valley, where the bulk of the fighters are concentrated.

Trump's latest remarks had made passing such a law "a national duty", he said. "Today, we have liberated virtually all of that territory from the grip of these bloodthirsty monsters", he said.

'Now, you're always going to have people, they'll be around, ' he said.

In a speech that stressed bipartisanship and compromise for the good of the Republic, President Donald Trump highlighted a need to pull out of the longtime war in Afghanistan, seek for peace on the Korean Peninsula, and return home from Syria.

The U.S. leader condemned what he called "the brutality" of Maduro's government, saying its policies have put the country "into a state of abject poverty and despair".

Senate Republicans seldom buck Trump on anything, but they have become increasingly agitated lately over his administration's foreign policy.

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