Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

After Trump's Charges of Anti-Semitism, Iran Pushes Back

After Trump's Charges of Anti-Semitism, Iran Pushes Back

"We believe there is nobody more qualified to combat anti-Semitism head-on across the globe", IAC Chairman Adam Milstein said in a statement.

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

"If somebody is looking to do nuclear weapons or other things, we're going to know it before they do", he said in the interview aired on Sunday.

He held up the recently begun negotiations with the Taliban as a sign of change, saying there might be a political solution to "this long and bloody conflict". He hopes to maintain a military presence in the country despite withdrawing troops from Syria and Afghanistan. "But we're-yeah, they'll be coming back in a matter of time".

President Donald Trump used his State of the Union address on Tuesday to call for a bipartisan commitment to eradicate AIDS in the United States within a decade.

The report was also skeptical of Turkey's offer to take over the battle against IS, noting that with the exception of the 2016 Al-Bab operation, "Turkey has not participated in ground operations against ISIS in Syria since 2017, nor have Turkish forces participated in the fight against ISIS in the MERV, which is approximately 230 miles away from al Bab and the Turkish border".

Trump also bookended his speech with references to D-Day, including salutes to troops, among them Jewish-American veterans, who helped liberate Europe, and Holocaust survivors who were liberated thanks to the American-led action.

The State of the Union is a yearly presidential address where the U.S. leader touts his accomplishments and outlines his vision for the future of the country.

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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 United States troops are "all coming back, and they're coming back now".

Fears that IS fighters are making a strategic manoeuvre to lie low ahead of the U.S. pullout have fuelled criticism that Trump had telegraphed his military plans - the same thing he accused President Barack Obama of doing in Afghanistan.

"One of the reasons I want to keep it is because I want to be looking a little bit at Iran because Iran is a real problem", Trump said, adding that he wouldn't use the U.S. military outpost to strike Iran, but to "watch" it.

Withdrawal from Syria was not a decision that former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis agreed with; in fact, he resigned because of it.

While a significant portion of the speech did focus on the president's efforts to shore up the southern border from illegal immigrants and his stated need for a wall, there were no news announcements regarding an ongoing deployment of active-duty troops to the border.

"Great nations do not fight endless wars", said Trump.

With the Pentagon-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces closing in on just a handful of villages under ISIS control there, Trump said that it "should be formally announced sometime probably next week that we will have 100 percent of the caliphate".

Trump has met with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un once before, and during the speech, he announced that a second meeting was scheduled in Vietnam on February 27-28. "Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one", he said.

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