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Lindsey Graham and Fox News general twice begged Trump to leave US troops in Syria to protect oil: report

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and retired Gen. Jack Keane went to the White House to ask President Donald Trump to change his mind about giving Turkey the green light to invade Syria.

Keane, a Fox News analyst, showed the president on Oct. 8 a map of Syria, Turkey and Iraq and pointed out all the oil fields that the U.S. and its Kurdish allies had controlled, reported NBC News.

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Two sources familiar with the discussion said Keane explained that oil would fall under Iranian control if Trump withdrew all U.S. troops stationed in northern Syria.

Keane went back to the White House Oct. 14 with Graham to explain to the president that nearly three-quarters of Syria’s oil fields were in areas where American troops were deployed, according to four sources familiar with the meeting.

They told Trump that Iran was ready to move on the oil fields and seize the air space above if he pulled troops from the region.

A person who was present at the meeting told NBC News that Trump seemed “resigned” to leaving a small number of troops behind to keep control of the oil.

Trump suddenly announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria, essentially abandoning Kurdish allies to possible ethnic cleansing, after speaking Oct. 6 to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by phone.

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Republicans and administration officials have been trying to pressure Trump to reverse his decision to completely withdraw U.S. troops from the region.

The president has said he doesn’t want to keep troops stationed there in an “endless war,” and has said he doesn’t think their presence is necessary to secure the region’s oil.


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Trump blows up at Fox News reporter for asking him about disbanding pandemic team

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump lost his temper at a coronavirus press briefing when Fox News correspondent John Roberts asked him about his administration disbanding the pandemic response team.

"We didn't do that. That turned out to be a false story," said Trump. (It is not a false story.) "Now you're starting to go — are you working for CNN?"

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"Fox isn't so easy either, don't kid yourself," whined Trump. "Look, John, let me tell you something. You know that's a false story. What you just said is a false story, this doctor knows it better than anybody ... you shouldn't be repeating a story that you know is false."

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Pro-Trump reporter banned from White House briefing room for ignoring social distancing guidelines

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On Wednesday, the White House Correspondents Association announced that it would be banning One America News Network reporter Chanel Rion from the press briefing room, after she repeatedly refused to follow social distancing guidelines imposed as a safety precaution against coronavirus.

The WHCA taking action after OANN staffer Chanel Rion repeatedly broke the agreed-upon rules --> https://t.co/8uTRLaVSbd

— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) April 1, 2020

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