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Chris Wallace shreds Trump’s defense secretary for ‘abandoning the Kurds’ to be slaughtered by Turkey

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Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday grilled Secretary of Defense Mark Esper after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. troops to abandon Kurds in Syria.

In an interview on FOX News Sunday, Wallace pointed out that Syrian fighters had committed apparent war crimes after Trump’s decision to withdraw.

“What are you going to do about it?” Wallace asked Esper. “What are you going to do to stop this?”

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“This is part of the terrible situation that Turkey has put us in,” Esper replied. “Despite our protestations, the Turks now intend to go further south than expected and to go both west and east.”

“We were the protection for the Kurds,” Wallace said. “After [Trump] talked to [Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan] last Saturday, President Trump decided to pull those troops out and the Turks invaded.”

“Isn’t that the definition of abandoning the Kurds?” the host asked.

For his part, Esper insisted that Turkey intended to invade the Kurds in Syria “regardless of what we did.”

“There is no way we could have stopped 15,000 Turks,” Esper said.

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“You say there’s nothing we could do,” Wallace fired back. “Do you really believe that Erdoğan and the Turks were going to just come through the border, perhaps create a conflict with the United States if we had stood firm?”

Esper accused Wallace of wanting to “sacrifice” U.S. troops.

“Maybe we would have stopped them,” Wallace said, observing that the U.S. has air superiority over Turkey.

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“We’re not going to go to war in the Middle East over a long-standing ally,” Esper remarked.

“Do they seem like much of an ally now?” Wallace asked.

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Esper agreed that Turkey has been “terrible” in recent years.

Watch the interview clip below.


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Two former Mississippi police officers were indicted in the brutal beating of a Black motorist, and one of them was also charged in an unrelated fatal shooting.

Wade Robertson, 28, and Bryce Gilbert, 27, were charged with aggravated assault in the 2018 beating of James Barnett, and Robertson was also charged with manslaughter in the 2019 shooting death of Dominique Henry, reported The Laurel Leader-Call.

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The State Department's acting inspector general, Stephen Akard, is a longtime aide to Vice President Mike Pence and his installation in May had widely been seen as a way to keep a friendly figure in the role.

Akard informed colleagues that he is "returning to the private sector after years of public service," a State Department spokesperson said.

"We appreciate his dedication to the Department and to our country."

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