Trump call with Turkish leader led to US pullout from Syria

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      WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria was made hastily, without consulting his national security team or allies, and over strong objections from virtually everyone involved in the fight against the Islamic State group, according to U.S. and Turkish officials.

      Trump stunned his Cabinet, lawmakers and much of the world with the move by rejecting the advice of his top aides and agreeing to a withdrawal in a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, two officials briefed on the matter told The Associated Press.

      The Dec. 14 call, described by officials who were not authorized to discuss the decision-making process publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, provides insight into a consequential Trump decision that prompted the resignation of widely respected Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. It also set off a frantic, four-day scramble to convince the president either to reverse or delay the decision.

      The White House, State Department and Pentagon all declined to comment on the account of the decision to withdraw the troops, which have been in Syria to fight the Islamic State since 2015.

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      Hillary Clinton slams Trump’s Syria withdrawal: ‘This President is putting our national security at grave risk’

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      Trump instinctively acts on his gut to side with dictator Erdogan during a phone last week in which the Turks began planning serious military attacks on the Kurds. I’m dead set against US military occupation, but because what the Bush Family has thrusted upon us, we’re stuck with this kind of crap. What has just went down by brat Trump only offers increased bloodshed on a fighting ally not to mention heightened risks to the remaining few US military personnel in Syria and because of Trump’s boneheaded move, we’re basically without a confident Sec of Defense …. soon to be simply without. Who’s the next SoD, Rush Limbaugh? Lets just load ole Rush with 10 stars on a fake military uniform and call him our Grand Daddy General …. unless our MAGA Pres wants to also hold that position himself. There’s more to this idiotic move that meets the eye and I think it’s a lot to do with all the hot water that he’s in! DIVERSIONS!

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      have less success in their dealings with him.

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