“Our warriors in Afghanistan also have new rules of engagement,” Trump said in his first State of the Union speech. “Along with their heroic Afghan partners, our military is no longer undermined by artificial timelines, and we no longer tell our enemies our plans.”
He asked the Congress to ensure that, in the fight against ISIS and Al-Qaeda, they continued to have all necessary power to detain terrorists – wherever they chase them down.
“Terrorists who do things like place bombs in civilian hospitals are evil. When possible, we annihilate them. When necessary, we must be able to detain and question them. But we must be clear: Terrorists are not merely criminals. They are unlawful enemy combatants. And when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are,” he said.
In his speech, Trump said that he had just signed the order directing Secretary of Defense James Mattis to “re-examine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay.”
Trump, meanwhile said that in the past they have “foolishly” released hundreds of dangerous terrorists, “only to meet them again on the battlefield — including the ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi.” He was referring to the fact that Baghdadi had once been detained by U.S. forces in Iraq prior to his becoming the leader of ISIS.