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Trump bragged about classified Syria skirmish at fundraiser

May 30, 2018
Eliana Johnson | POLITICO
The White House has tried to avoid discussing a February skirmish between U.S. troops and Russian mercenaries in Syria, but that didn’t stop President Donald Trump from bragging about the Pentagon’s performance at a recent closed-door fundraiser.
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Trump to impose new sanctions on Russia over support for Syria

April 16, 2018
Peter Baker | The New York Times
The Trump administration plans to impose new sanctions against Russia on Monday to punish it for enabling the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons in its civil war, the latest in a series of actions by both sides underscoring the deterioration in relations between Moscow and the West.
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Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost

April 16, 2018
Philip Rucker, Greg Jaffe, John Hudson | The Washington Post
President Trump seemed distracted in March as his aides briefed him at his Mar-a-Lago resort on the administration’s plan to expel 60 Russian diplomats and suspected spies.
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After Syria attack, U.S. and Russia tensions rise but fears ease of wider military confrontation

April 14, 2018
Anne Gearan, Carol Morello, Missy Ryan | The Washington Post
Western leaders warned Syria on Saturday that they could launch further missile strikes if chemical weapons are used again, while the pre-dawn attacks were denounced by Damascus and its backers as illegal actions that would carry repercussions.
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President Trump Talked Tough. But His Strike on Syria Was Restrained.

April 14, 2018
Peter Baker, Rick Gladstone | The New York Times
In sending missiles and bombs at Syria, President Trump hit more targets and used more firepower than he did in a similar military strike last year. But in the end, he opted for what was still a restrained operation that was evidently calculated to avoid provoking Syria’s patrons in Russia and Iran into retaliating.
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Inside Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes on Syria

April 14, 2018
Hallie Jackson | NBC News
NBC’s Hallie Jackson reports for TODAY on President Donald Trump’s decisions to attack chemical weapons sites in Syria, reversing an earlier intent to withdraw troops from the country.
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Mattis tries to put breaks on possible Syria strike, to ‘keep this from escalating’

April 13, 2018
Peter Baker, Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-Neff | The New York Times
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought on Thursday to slow down an imminent strike on Syria, reflecting mounting concerns at the Pentagon that a concerted bombing campaign could escalate into a wider conflict between Russia, Iran and the West.
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Trump says missiles ‘will be coming’ at Syria. Beyond that lies uncertainty.

April 12, 2018
Peter Baker, Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-Neff | The New York Times
President Trump made clear on Wednesday that missiles “will be coming” at Syria at any moment, telegraphing a military operation as he has previously said he would never do. But the real suspense remained — how many missiles, for how long, at what targets and to what end.
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Trump says missiles ‘will be coming’ to Syria, taunts Russia for vowing to block them

April 11, 2018
Philip Rucker, John Wagner , Anton Troianovski | The Washington Post
President Trump warned Wednesday that missiles “will be coming” toward Syria in response to a suspected chemical attack, and he taunted Russia for vowing to shoot down any incoming strikes.
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