By ROBIN B. ROBERTSON By The Associated PressAP National security adviser Susan Rice speaks to reporters before a meeting of the National Security Council on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.
President Donald Trump has pledged to “totally destroy” the Islamic State group, but he has also said he wants to work with other nations to defeat the group.
In his speech Tuesday night, Trump described his strategy as being aimed at “defeating the core threat” and said the United States will need to continue “working closely with allies, partners and friends” to “destroy the core group of ISIS” that has become a major military threat to the United, said Rice, a former adviser to President George W. Bush.
“So we’re going to keep working closely with the partners and the friends and the partners are going to continue to work closely with us,” Rice said.
“And so we’re not going to get distracted, we’re gonna keep pushing.
We’re going do what we’ve always done.”
The administration said in the speech that Trump is “committing to defeat this group of terrorists that threaten our country and our way of life.”
It said the U.S. military has already taken direct action in the Middle East to fight the Islamic group, including in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
In a speech Tuesday, Trump said that the United State has “the most powerful military in the world” that will fight the group and that the administration is “making tremendous progress” in that effort.
Rice, who is the top adviser to the Trump administration, also discussed Trump’s recent threats against North Korea, which the president has criticized.
In the speech, Rice urged Trump to stop “trying to turn a blind eye to” the North Korean regime’s continued nuclear and missile tests, which she said “pose a threat to peace and stability” in the region.
Rice also called on the Trump to “rethink” the nuclear deal with Iran, which President Barack Obama has praised.
Rice was in Washington on Wednesday for a group of U.N. human rights officials, who were attending a Security Council session on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
The U.K. Foreign Office said on Twitter that it was “deeply concerned” by the U-turn in the Trump speech.
“We are deeply concerned about the implications for human rights in the conflict-ridden country of this administration’s rhetoric and actions,” the Foreign Office tweeted.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A number of countries have expressed concern about the United Kingdom and the U,S.
relationship with North Korea.
A British government spokesman said in a statement that the U of A’s statement on the speech was “unacceptable.”
“We expect all our allies and partners to remain vigilant in protecting human rights and the rule of law in Yemen and elsewhere in the Horn of Africa,” the spokesman said.