1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: Mattis resignation triggered by phone call between Trump and Erdoğan

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US president complied with Turkish leader’s demands and took own advisers by surprise, accounts say

The resignation of US defence secretary James Mattis was triggered by a phone conversation between Donald Trump and the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in which Trump abruptly decided to upend previous US policy and withdraw troops from Syria, according to new accounts of the call.

Mattis went to see the president on Thursday afternoon in a last-ditch attempt to change the president’s mind, and argue for standing by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which have take the lead role in ejecting the Islamic State from its Syrian strongholds.

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