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#Putin & #Erdogan  to ‘intensify contacts’ over #Syria , but no sign of peace in #Idlib  yet

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NEW: Embattled Venezuelan President NICOLÁS MADURO'S regime has hired lobbyist BOB AMSTERDAM, per a FARA filing by FOLEY & LARDNER, which dropped the Maduro account after facing backlash. Amsterdam also represents Turkish president RECEP TAYYIP ERDOĞAN.

The office of Turkish President Recep TayyipErdogan has released a statement saying he had a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin during which he "emphasised that the regime must be restrained in Idlib and the humanitarian crisis must be stopped"

#Turkey readout Erdogan-Putin call: Our President held a telephone conversation with Putin. President emphasized the regime must be restrained in #Idlib  &humanitarian crisis must be stopped. He stated solution in Idlib can only be found if sochi agreement fully implemented

Putin and Erdogan confirmed that intense military contacts would continue amid Idlib escalation

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Macron and Merkel speak to Erdogan and call for political solution to crisis in #Idlib  #Syria 

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NEW: I've been investigating Trump's interference in the investigation into Turkish-owned Halkbank, and my suspicions were just confirmed. Attorney General Barr — at Trump’s request — was trying to orchestrate a sweetheart deal to please Erdogan'>President Erdogan.

Today in Syria: Russia takes control of main U.S. military facility abandoned earlier this week by American forces on Trump’s orders. This area is south of Kobani and went to Russia under the Putin-Erdogan deal. Russia now also owns the airstrip we built.

So did Trump just betray the Kurds because (a) He has business interests in Turkey (b) Erdogan, being a brutal autocrat, is his kind of guy (c) His boss Vladimir Putin told him to Remarkable that all three stories are perfectly plausible.

President Trump's capitulation to Erdogan over Syria is an unmitigated disaster and may lead to a resurgence of ISIS. Trump's impulsive decision to withdraw our forces and betray our Kurdish allies has done incalculable damage to our national security and standing in the world.

Only four days into Turkish attack and one week after Erdogan'>POTUS-Erdogan call: * UN: 130k displaced (likely to 3x) * ISIS terrorists escaping (caught after years of painstaking effort) * Syrians executed on roadways by Turkish-backed opposition forces * Main US supply lines cut..

Erdogan'>President Erdogan has given up nothing, and President Trump has given him everything he wanted.

Read the fine print: Turkey gets Syrian Kurd land he’s wanted for years. Kurdish fighters have to disarm and get out. Russia gains influence. ISIS does what it wants. Trump cancels sanctions on Turkey. Art of the deal!!! If you are Erdogan

Syria is complicated, but this is simple. A week ago, our Kurdish partners were secure, ISIS was at bay, and hundreds of their fighters were detained. Then the President talked to Erdogan late one night, and disaster was unleashed. Now we’re scrambling to contain the damage.

Spoke w/ President Erdogan of Turkey to advise where we stand on all matters including our last two weeks of success in fighting the remnants of ISIS, and 20 mile safe zone. Also spoke about economic development between the U.S. & Turkey - great potential to substantially expand!

European nations are some of our closest allies. Our security is intertwined. If Trump's impulsive capitulation to Erdogan leads to a resurgence of ISIS, it threatens everyone- in Syria, in Europe, and here at home. America may not have a friend left after this presidency.

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