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This ‘Never Trumper’ agreed to lead Trump’s Syria policy and was ‘humiliated’ by surprise withdrawal

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In August, a book was published titled Everything Trump Touches Dies. Written by conservative strategist Rick Wilson, the book detailed Donald Trump’s habit of harming everything in his proximity.

The story of Ambassador James Jeffrey be the latest example of the reputational costs of supporting Trump, according to a Thursday evening Politico story.

Jeffrey had been a high-profile Republican who signed an August 2016 letter denouncing Trump.

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“From a foreign policy perspective, Donald Trump is not qualified to be president and commander-in-chief,” the open letter read. “Indeed, we are convinced that he would be a dangerous president and would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.”

“He weakens U.S. moral authority as the leader of the free world,” they wrote. “He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press and an independent judiciary.”

“Unlike previous presidents who had limited experience in foreign affairs, Mr. Trump has shown no interest in educating himself. He continues to display an alarming ignorance of basic facts of contemporary international politics. Despite his lack of knowledge, Mr. Trump claims that he understands foreign affairs and ‘knows more about ISIS than the generals do,'” they added.

Despite vowing not to vote for Trump, Jeffrey joined the administration as Special Representative for Syria Engagement.

On Wednesday, Trump announced an immediate troop withdrawal.

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“How can he put his name and reputation behind this policy?” a foreign policy expert asked Politico. “The president undermined everything he had been working on.”

“The way this was done is going to make Jim Jeffrey’s job harder because foreign governments and foreign officials are going to wonder whether he genuinely represents the president of the United States,” said former Ambassador Robert Ford.

“Jim came into the administration on the understanding that it would remain deeply and aggressively engaged in Syria and that Trump wouldn’t change his mind,” former senior Obama aide Rob Malley explained. “Jim will have to decide whether what remains of the [Syria] policy makes sense to him, and whether he wants to be the person overseeing it.”

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Jeffrey has not commented publicly since Trump’s Twitter announcement.

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Trump proposed evacuating 25 million people from Seoul as tensions with North Korea escalated: new tell-all

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According to a new book by counter-terrorism expert Peter Bergen, Donald Trump proposed evacuating all 25 million citizens living in Seoul, South Korea at a time when tensions were on the rise with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

The Guardian reports Bergen states in his book, "Trump and His Generals: The Cost of Chaos," the president was shown a map of North and South Korea in 2017 at a time when Kim was ordering an increase in missile tests.

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Two impeachment articles expected against President Trump: reports

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Democrats are expected to announce on Tuesday two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, US media reported Monday evening, after laying out their case at a hearing against a president they branded a "clear and present danger" to national security.

The articles will focus on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, The Washington Post said, citing three official familiar with the matter.

It added that the full House of Representatives would vote on the articles next week, ahead of a trial in the Senate.

CNN said a third article on obstruction of justice was still being debated, and the network's sources cautioned that plans were still being finalized.

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Ambassador McFaul ‘shocked’ Trump invited Sergey Lavrov back to the Oval Office: ‘What are they thinking?’

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Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul repeatedly said he was shocked that President Donald Trump will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.

McFaul was interviewed Monday evening by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC "The Last Word," where he contrasted how Trump is treating the Russian government of President Vladimir Putin to the Ukrainian government of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"Ambassador McFaul, I want to get your reaction to the Russian foreign minister meeting tomorrow at the White House, in the Oval Office, with President Trump," O'Donnell said. "That's his second time. President Zelinsky still hasn't gotten that meeting and Donald trump apparently, apparently may be voted articles of impeachment in committee this week because of his interactions with President Zelensky."

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