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‘An ally should be dependable’: Macron burns Trump on Syria withdraw

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French President Emmanuel Macron held a press conference with the Chadian President Idriss Déby in the capital N’Djamena on Sunday, where he spoke about Syria and military operations in the Sahel.

Macron also spoke about US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria.

The French president said, “An ally should be dependable… I very deeply regret the decision made on Syria.”

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Trump made a surprise announcement on December 19 that he would withdraw the roughly 2,000 US troops from Syria, declaring that the Islamic State group had been defeated. Security experts say that it is not the case – and it is also at odds with the assessment of Trump’s own administration. The move was met with criticism from allies around the world.

Trump ‘shocks’ global parters

Brett McGurk, the US special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat Isis (another acronym for the jihadist group), resigned on Friday after the president’s decision.

In an email announcing his decision to his colleagues obtained by The New York Times, McGurk called Trump’s move “a shock” and “a complete reversal of policy that was articulated to us.”

“It left our coalition partners confused and our fighting partners bewildered,” he said, according to the paper.

His decision to quit follows the resignation of Defence Secretary Jim Mattis the day before.

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A French Christmas in Chad

During the joint news conference, Macron reiterated that France would continue to provide military support to Chad in the fight against jihadist groups in the region.

“The only forces fighting against terrorism in the Sahel region are the French forces”, Chad’s Déby said, praising France’s military presence.

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The double press conference took place after Macron visited French soldiers stationed in Kossei air base near N’Djamena. The troops are based there as part of Operation Barkhane, a four-year military campaign to oust Islamic jihadists in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

The French president brought typical French Christmas food with him: foie gras, chocolate and champagne for 1,300 troops.

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas willing to testify Devin Nunes met with former Ukrainian official to get dirt on Joe Biden

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has been tied to yet another questionable encounter with Rudy Giuliani's indicted associate.

It was revealed this week that Lev Parnas helped Nunes set up meetings in Europe in efforts to discredit the Russia investigation. It obviously failed, but Nunes closed his Intelligence Committee investigation nearly one year before Robert Mueller finalized his. Nunes missed several international connections, incidents of international donors funneling campaign cash into the U.S. and more.

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Watch Chris Hayes’ epic scolding of the commander-in-chief in MSNBC special before a live studio audience

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The host broke down the discredited conspiracy theory Trump has been pushing that it was actually Ukraine -- not Russia -- that interfered in the 2016 election.

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"Because Hunter Biden is an American citizen and it is the president's duty to protect all Americans -- all Americans -- from the deprivations of foreign judicial systems. In fact, it is really the president's job to represent all of America's national interests. That's the job."

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The Republican Party will be judged for many many years for what it does in this trial: Carl Bernstein

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Veteran newsman Carl Bernstein warned the Republican Party that they will be "judged" for decades based on their behavior in President Donald Trump's impeachment.

During a Friday CNN appearance, the Watergate reporter from The Washington Post explained that the GOP clearly doesn't care about truth, justice or the rule of law.

"There's very little interest in the truth by the president's Republican defenders," he told host Erin Burnett. "Which is a really terrible thing given the grievous nature of the president's corruption, his illegal acts that have now been demonstrably made apparent through the impeachment hearings. The Republican Party is really also on trial in the Senate. And we'll see if there's any breaking of ranks. And right now, it doesn't appear that there is going to be. But I think it will be many, many years that the Republican Party will be judged for what it does in this trial of Donald Trump."

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