Highlights: US President Donald Trump's State of the Union address

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The Republican-led US Senate on Monday backed largely symbolic legislation that broke with Trump by opposing plans for any abrupt withdrawal of troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

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

"We will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants death to America and threatens genocide against the Jewish people", he continued, to applause, mostly from the Republican side.

The president told representatives of a 79-member, US -led coalition fighting IS that the militants held a tiny percentage of the vast territory they claimed as their "caliphate". "I have also accelerated our negotiations to reach a political settlement in Afghanistan".

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

Several of Trump's fellow Republicans strongly disagreed with his plans to withdraw 2,000 USA troops from Syria on the grounds that militants no longer pose a threat. "They have the ability of coming back together if we don't", General Joseph Votel, head of the USA military's Central Command, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing hours before the president's public address.

Top Donald Trump administration officials indicated today that USA bases in Iraq would have little role in monitoring Iran-backed proxies after the president vowed in a TV interview that American troops would stay in the country to "watch" Iranian forces.

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

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

Representatives from 79 countries gathered at the Pentagon near Washington, DC for an all-day meeting on defeating Islamic State and other enemies of the US-led coalition in the Middle East. President Donald Trump and State Secretary Mike Pompeo addressed the meeting.

"I want to applaud the outstanding men and women of the United States military, incredible people, for their remarkable skill and precision throughout this entire campaign", the president told a gathering of leaders and top officials from countries who signed on to the coalition. "We have to protect other things that we have".

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.

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

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

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 USA state.

He said ISIS still controls about 20 square miles of territory in Syria where the terror group still commands approximately 1,000 to 1,500 fighters.

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

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