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Trump offered Turkey F-35 jets for not following through on Kurdish ethnic cleansing: report

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US President Donald Trump (right) spoke with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan days before the US leader's surprise announcement of a pullout of 2,000 troops from Syria. (AFP/File / ADEM ALTAN, SAUL LOEB)

President Donald Trump reportedly offered Turkey F-35 jets during his controversial phone call where he said he would withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria.

“Just last week, two top Trump administration officials publicly defended the U.S. Syria strategy and explained why a Turkish attack on Kurds in northeastern Syria would ruin it completely. Now, everything they were working on is in tatters, and the dangers they warned about are coming true — thanks to President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin reported Thursday.

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“We gave the Turks essentially everything they wanted,” a State Department official told Rogin.

“During the Sunday call, the official said, Trump told Erdogan that he did not support the invasion and that the United States would not participate. Trump also offered Erdogan what the official called “a really good package” of incentives not to go through with it, including a presidential visit and the resumption of F-35 sales, which were halted after Erdogan decided to buy Russian missile defense systems,” Rogin reported.

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Trump administration leaving states hanging on COVID-19 vaccine plans: ‘This is all going to be very messy’

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On the Sunday after the November 3rd presidential election, Utah Senator Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, congratulated President-elect Joe Biden but insisted that the overall election was an endorsement of conservative principles. He pointed to the gains Republicans made in the House, though they are still in the minority, and the failure of the Democrats to capture control of the Senate, at least so far. Romney found further evidence in the Democrats' inability to flip GOP-controlled statehouses.

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