President Donald Trump said that the worst thing the United States ever did was go to war in the Middle East.
A reporter asked if ISIS fighters escape Syria and manage to spread across the world, if it could pose a greater threat.
“They will be escaping to Europe,” said Trump. “Europe did not want to them. They could have had trials, they could have done what they wanted, but as usual, it is not reciprocal. My favorite word, reciprocal. That is what I want. I do not want an edge, I want reciprocal. It is not a fair deal for the United States. When President Obama took the PKK, you know where they bring in the PKK, that is a tough deal because that has been a mortal enemy of Turkey. So when you bring them into a partnership, that is a tough situation.”
Trump continued: “It is tougher on Turkey and it is tough for them. They have hated each other for many years. For hundreds of years. It is amazing when you look at history and you look at culture. You look at the length of time, they have been fighting for so long. So we impose ourselves into it. I said it yesterday, the single worst country of the United States — if you take a look at what we are doing with these countries and the relationships we have with countries, but maybe putting it a different way — the worst mistake that the United States has ever made was going into the Middle East. It is a quagmire.”
He went on to say that he is bringing back the military and rebuilding the military. He said other countries should be doing it, especially Europe, but he didn’t clarify why.
It seems the president forgot that the Taliban was the terrorist group that attacked the United States on Sept. 11, killing thousands. That was the reason the U.S. went into Afghanistan. As for Syria, Trump has both opposed the bombing there and said a deal is needed with Russia over it. Oddly enough, he hasn’t managed to deal with either problem.
If President Obama was going to attack Syria, he should’ve done it a long time ago as a surprise & not after (cont) http://t.co/dvzmCu76uv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2013
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2015
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‘There is no managing Donald Trump’: White House Republicans blasted for their myth of ‘adults in the room’
Republicans who thought they could manage Donald Trump were taken down in The New Yorker on Tuesday.
The Susan Glasser article was titled, "The spectacular failure of the Trump wranglers."
"On Tuesday, nearly seven hours into the marathon third day of public impeachment hearings, Kurt Volker tried to explain to the House Intelligence Committee what it was like to carry out the nearly impossible task of wrangling U.S. policy toward Ukraine during the Presidency of Donald Trump," Glasser wrote. "Volker, a veteran Republican diplomat who had been serving, since 2017, as Trump’s Special Representative to Ukraine, said that he realized last spring that he had a 'problem,' and that it was Trump himself.
BUSTED: Trump’s White House sent out anti-Vindman talking points — trashing their own staffer
President Donald Trump's war on his own employees escalated on Tuesday when the White House spread talking points designed to result in a coordinated attack on a decorated active-duty Army officer.
"The Trump White House has taken the extraordinary step of distributing talking points to allies of the president trashing one of its employees," The Daily Beast reported after obtaining a copy of the document.
"On Tuesday morning, White House aide Julia Hahn emailed Trump surrogates under the subject line, “Vindman’s Complaints Are Nothing More Than Policy Disagreements,” according to messages reviewed by The Daily Beast. Hahn, a Steve Bannon protege and one of his former allies in the White House, works on outreach and communications involving pro-Trump talking heads and other players in conservative media," The Beast reported.
Don Lemon notes the GOP panic after their own witnesses gave testimony harming Trump: ‘Worried much?’
CNN anchor Don Lemon explained how witnesses called by Republicans in the impeachment inquiry destoryed the defenses employed by President Donald Trump and his allies.
"Now, let's just be honest, the shakedown -- that's exactly what it is -- the shakedown is exposed, people," Lemon said.
"And the evidence comes from the Republican's own witnesses," he noted. "The former envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker -- who resigned just one day after the release of the whistleblower's report -- telling the president's defenders exactly what they did not want to hear."
"They called him apparently expecting him to say what he said in his closed-door testimony, that he saw no evidence of a quid pro quo, or let's call it for what it is again -- a shakedown," he continued. "Well, now he says he was wrong."