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Trump Accuses Kurds of Releasing ISIS Prisoners to Bait Him Back Into Syria

Source: The Daily Beast

President Trump has accused the Syrian Kurds—who, until last week, were America's most important allies in the fight against ISIS—of releasing ISIS prisoners in an attempt to bait him. In an attack on Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade, who has been sharply critical of Trump’s actions toward the Kurds, Trump denied his decision to withdraw troops from Syria could lead to an ISIS resurgence. In an apparent response to reports that hundreds of ISIS-related prisoners have escaped since Turkey invaded Syria last week, the president tweeted: “Europe had a chance to get their ISIS prisoners, but didn’t want the cost. ‘Let the USA pay,’ they said... Kurds may be releasing some to get us involved.” Trump said the escaped prisoners should be “easily recaptured” by Turkey or European nations, which he urged to “move quickly.” The New York Times reported Sunday that the U.S. had failed to transfer five-dozen “high-value” ISIS detainees out of Syria.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-accuses-kurds-of-releasing-isis-prisoners-to-bait-him-back-into-syria?via=twitter_page


China Wants More Talks Before Signing Trump's 'Phase One' Deal

Source: Bloomberg

China wants further talks as soon as the end of October to hammer out the details of the “phase one” trade deal touted by Donald Trump before Xi Jinping agrees to sign it, according to people familiar with the matter.

Beijing may send a delegation led by Vice Premier Liu He, China’s top negotiator, to finalize a written deal that could be signed by the presidents at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit next month in Chile, one of the people said. Another person said China wants Trump to also scrap a planned tariff hike in December in addition to the hike scheduled for this week, something the administration hasn’t yet endorsed. The people asked not to be named discussing the private negotiations.

The details of the verbal agreement reached in Washington last week between the two nations remain unclear. While Trump hailed an increase in agricultural purchases as “the greatest and biggest deal ever made for our Great Patriot Farmers in the history of our Country,” China’s state-run media only said the two sides “agreed to make joint efforts toward eventually reaching an agreement.”

S&P 500 futures extended losses, the Stoxx 600 fell and the yen rose as investor pessimism on the deal grew.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-14/china-wants-more-talks-before-signing-trump-s-phase-one-deal?srnd=premium


ABC News is teasing a wide ranging interview with Hunter Biden that will air Tuesday morning and...

Who decided this was a good idea?

ABC News is teasing a wide ranging interview with Hunter Biden that will air Tuesday morning and evening—the same day as the next presidential debate. All but ensures this issue will be the dominant narrative for the former VP as Biden takes the stage.


The Twit tweets: downright Orwellian version

We have become a far greater Economic Power than ever before, and we are using that power for WORLD PEACE!


Full page ad this morning in the Portland Press Herald: Senator Collins, you said I was rude

U.S. forces set to withdraw further in Syria, Esper says

Source: NBC

U.S. forces are preparing to withdraw further from northern Syria, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday.

The U.S. is "preparing to evacuate" about 1,000 troops from the area "as safely and quickly as possible," Esper told CBS' "Face the Nation," according to an excerpt of an interview set to air Sunday.

Esper said that the conflict between Turkish forces and U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters had become "untenable" for the U.S. military.

Turkey invaded northeastern Syria Wednesday after U.S. troops first pulled back from the area to clear the way for Turkish forces.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/trump-orders-u-s-forces-withdraw-further-syria-esper-says-n1065516?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma


Urgent: US official - the situation on the ground is deteriorating rapidly in Syria. Extremist...

Urgent: US official - the situation on the ground is deteriorating rapidly in Syria. Extremist Turkish proxies have advanced. US Forces at risk of being isolated. increased risk of confrontation between Turkish proxies and US Forces unless Turkey halts their advance immediately.


Only four days into Turkish attack and one week after POTUS-Erdogan call:

Only four days into Turkish attack and one week after POTUS-Erdogan call:

* UN: 130k displaced (likely to 3x)
* ISIS terrorists escaping (caught after years of painstaking effort)
* Syrians executed on roadways by Turkish-backed opposition forces
* Main US supply lines cut..
* US forces fired on “danger close”
* Female politician brutally murdered
* Turkish forces operating well outside “security mechanism” area
* Increasingly impossible for US forces to remain in Syria at all
* No plan to take care of anyone who worked with us

Total disaster


Hunter Biden Steps Down from Chinese Board Amid Trump Attacks

Hunter Biden is stepping down from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company and promising to forego all foreign work if his father, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, is elected president in 2020.

After months of keeping a relatively low-profile as President Donald Trump leveled a barrage of unsubstantiated accusations of corruption at him, the younger Biden is publicly vowing to avoid any conflict of interest.

According to a statement released on his behalf by his lawyer George Mesires, Biden said he’ll resign at the end of the month from the management company of a private equity fund that’s backed by Chinese state-owned entities. He also pledged that he wouldn’t work for any foreign-owned companies or serve on their boards during a potential Biden administration. He reiterated that he never discussed his business activities with his father.
Hunter and Joe Biden

“Hunter always understood that his father would be guided, entirely and unequivocally, by established U.S. policy, regardless of its effects on Hunter’s professional interests,” the statement said. “He never anticipated the barrage of false charges against both him and his father by the President of the United States.”


Trump Releases $50 Million in Aid to Syria After U.S. Troop Withdrawal

Source: The Daily Beast

President Trump has released $50 million in aid to Syria to “protect persecuted ethnic and religious minorities, and advance human rights,” according a statement issued by the White House on Saturday. “This funding will provide emergency financial assistance to Syrian human rights defenders, civil society organizations, and reconciliation efforts directly supporting ethnic and religious minority victims of the conflict,” reads the statement, issued just days after Trump withdrew American troops from northern Syria, leaving Kurdish allies in the region unprotected from an incoming Turkish attack. The withdrawal has reportedly put U.S. troops stationed in Syria in a holding pattern, leaving the Kurds to defend themselves against Turkey, a NATO member, and manage thousands of captured ISIS fighters. “We hope regional and international partners will continue their contributions as well,” reads the Saturday statement. “Ensuring the freedom and safety of ethnic and religious minorities remains a top priority for this Administration.”

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-releases-dollar50-million-in-aid-to-syria-after-us-troop-withdrawal

"Ensuring the freedom and safety of ethnic and religious minorities remains a top priority for this Administration." FFS
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