Trump administration reports a negotiated deal with Turkey

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Pence announces Syria ceasefire deal with Turkey

Trump dispatched his deputy and his top diplomat to persuade Erdogan to reverse his assault on northeastern Syria.

President Donald Trump placed a dangerous bet this week: He sent his vice president and secretary of state — the two most public-facing figures in American government — here to the Turkish capital to try to cinch a ceasefire in a war that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan started, and said he has shown no interest in ending.

Many administration officials were concerned Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would leave this city empty-handed.

But, this time, at least in the immediate, Trump got what he wanted: a five-day pause in violence in Syria. And, most notably, the United States agreed to back off on new and withdraw previously instituted sanctions on Turkey.

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“The Turkish side will pause Operation Peace Spring in order to allow for the withdrawal of YPG forces from the safe zone for 120 hours,” Pence said at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Ankara, referring to the name the Turkish government has used to describe its incursion. “All military operations under Operation Peace Spring will be paused and Operation Peace Spring will be halted entirely on completion of the withdrawal. Our administration has already been in contact with Syrian defense forces and we’ve already begun to facilitate their safe withdrawal from the nearly 20-mile-wide safe zone area south of the Turkish border in Syria.”

11 Comments on Trump administration reports a negotiated deal with Turkey

  1. I *loved* that letter he wrote to Erdogan!
    He knows how to “communicate” according to the country/culture.
    With Nork Kim, it was one way. With scum Erdogan, another.
    And…it worked!

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  2. I hope all those congressional republicans who voted with the democrats for that resolution in opposition the President Trump feel like idiots now, but I won’t hold my breath.

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  3. RINOS in congress look like even bigger idiots now.

    Do any of you remember George W saying, “I don’t think it’s good to have a former President undermine a current President; I think it’s bad for the Presidency for that matter.”

    Bush today while at an event with Clinton said, “An Isolationist United States is destabilizing around the world. We are becoming isolationist and that’s dangerous for the sake of peace.”

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  4. Old Racist White Woman — That’s really funny! POTUS Trump is more genuinely engaged with heads of state around the world more honestly than any of those former jackass detractors. Is it likely that Bush is also in Trump’s cross hairs? LOL! Sounds like it. No one is safe from The Lion, Trump!

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  5. AbigailAdams, Bush has always been a liberal that was the definition of a compassionate conservative.

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