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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.

2. Q Mr. President, can you tell us what you said to President Erdoğan on Sunday when he said to you -- did you promise him anything or did he promise you anything on Sunday? THE PRESIDENT: No, we’re talking about it. No. But he said, “I want to go in. I want to go in.”

#UPDATE  President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a televised speech: "After we launched our operation, we have faced threats like economic sanctions and embargoes on weapons sales. "Those who think they can make Turkey turn back with these threats are gravely mistaken. "

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House chairman rips Trump: I'm "disgusted" American president is "comfortable" with Erdogan

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1. On Wednesday, I asked President Trump about his phone call with President Erdogan of Turkey and the US withdrawal he ordered from Syria. We had this exchange:

We keep getting told that the president himself puts enormous time and effort into forging personal relationships with foreign leaders - Erdogan, Kim Jong Un, Putin, Xi Jinping. Well, when does that start paying dividends? When does the U.S. start getting something in return?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says 'those who think they can make Turkey turn back with threats are gravely mistaken.'

On Saturday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and joined calls for him to end the fighting

Turkey’s strategy in northeastern Syria is more than an exercise in geopolitics, writes @gonultol . For President Erdogan, the war touches on his very political survival.

Protesters waved placards reading "Trump = serial killer" or calling President Erdogan'>Turkish President Erdogan "the true leader of Daesh".


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Troops on the ground in Syria and their commanders were "surprised" by the decision Sunday night. Of the President's decision: "He doesn't understand the problem. He doesn't understand the repercussions of this. Erdogan is an Islamist, not a level headed actor."

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien: “We made this very clear to President Erdogan early on that the invasion of Syria was a bad idea. We did not endorse the military operation. We’re not involved in the military operation."

EXCLUSIVE: The White House says that it “has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea.” But a senior adviser to Erdogan, @Gulnuray , tells me: “President Trump and President Erdogan have reached an understanding over precisely what this operation is.”

CNN Exclusive: Turkey says Trump knew ‘precisely’ about scope of N. Syria operation. “President Trump and President Erdogan have reached an understanding over precisely what this operation is,” Gulnur Aybet, Senior Adviser to the President of Turkey told @camanpour 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, referring to President Erdogan's remarks: "He who doesn't stop lying about Israel, slaughters the Kurds in his own country, and denies the terrible slaughter of the Armenian people – shouldn't preach to Israel. Erogan, stop lying."

BREAKING: President Erdogan'>Turkish President Erdogan announces in tweet that Turkish offensive into northeast Syria has started.

Will be speaking to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey this morning about bringing peace to the mess that I inherited in the Middle East. I will get it all done, but what a mistake, in lives and dollars (6 trillion), to be there in the first place!

It was a great honor to welcome the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to the @WhiteHouse  today!

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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!