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Trump Iraq Visit Is Called a Political Rally

December 27, 2018
Annie Karni | New York Times
“During his surprise visit to American troops in Iraq and Germany this week, President Trump singled out red “Make America Great Again” caps in a sea of military fatigues, signed a “Trump 2020” patch and accused Representative Nancy Pelosi and other leading Democrats of being weak on border security.”
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Trump Unites Left and Right Against Troop Plans, but Puts Off Debate on War Aims

December 27, 2018
Mark Landler | New York Times
“President Trump managed to do something remarkable with his abrupt order last week to withdraw all American troops from Syria and half from Afghanistan: unite the left and right against a plan to extract the United States from two long, costly and increasingly futile conflicts.”
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Analysis: Trump's Syria pullout faces questions, concerns and resistance

December 20, 2018
Kimberly Atkins | The Boston Herald
There are only two things that are clear about President Trump’s plan to pull U.S. troops from Syria: he made it alone and it was met with strong, bipartisan reproach.
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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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