The United States still plans to lead a global fight against the Islamic State movement despite its withdrawal from Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured allies on Wednesday.
Opening a 79-nation conference in Washington on the fight against the group also known as ISIS, Pompeo also called on other nations to do more — including by funding Syria and Iraq and agreeing to bring home extremists jailed by Syrian Kurdish allies.
“America will continue to lead in giving those who would destroy us no quarter,” Pompeo said.
“We ask each of your countries to stand with us and, through our efforts and God’s help, the day will come when the permanent defeat of ISIS is a reality,” Pompeo said.
He described Trump’s controversial order in December to withdraw all 2,000 US troops to Syria as “essentially a tactical change” and not a shift in commitments.
Here’s why Trump is right — a recession would likely doom his re-election
President Donald Trump is worried that there will be a recession before the 2020 election. For once, he is right about something.
"The Economy is strong and good, whereas the rest of the world is not doing so well. Despite this the Fake News Media, together with their Partner, the Democrat Party, are working overtime to convince people that we are in, or will soon be going into, a Recession," Trump tweeted on Friday in a clear attempt to assuage concerns. "They are willing to lose their wealth, or a big part of it, just for the possibility of winning the Election. But it won’t work because I always find a way to win, especially for the people!"
WATCH: Climate activists chant ‘failure of leadership’ at Tom Perez after DNC votes against climate debate
Activists walked out of the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in San Francisco after the organization voted against allowing a climate change debate during the 2020 primary.
DNC Chair Tom Perez imposed strict rules on the debates, which prevented a climate change debate from occurring. Climate activists had forced a vote, hoping to overrule the party boss.
"The Democratic Party needs the energy, motivation, and organizing capacity of young people to defeat Trump in 2020. But Tom Perez keeps shooting the party in the foot by rejecting that energy and turning it away," the Sunrise Movement said in a statement.