Published: Tue, December 25, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Donald Trump says discussed ‘highly coordinated’ Syria pullout with Turkey President Erdogan

Donald Trump says discussed ‘highly coordinated’ Syria pullout with Turkey President Erdogan

It also signals an acrimonious end to a tense relationship between Trump and Mattis that had eroded in recent months.

Outgoing US Defence Secretary James Mattis has signed an order withdrawing US forces from Syria, as Ankara-backed Syrian rebel fighters and Turkish troops massed near a Kurdish-held town in northern Syria.

Days later, special envoy McGurk made a similar move, saying he could not support Trump's Syria decision that, he said, 'left our coalition partners confused and our fighting partners bewildered'.

The pace of troop movements, along with diplomatic outreach, intensified Monday, the same day the Pentagon confirmed outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis ordered USA troops to start leaving Syria, without elaborating. "I DO, and it is being fixed!"

Clark disagreed with Trump's claim that ISIS has been defeated in Turkey, telling CNN, "We're not quite finished with ISIS...." The official asked not to be identified publicly discussing personnel matters.

For his part, Erdogan said in a Twitter post that two sides "agreed to increase our coordination on many issues, from trade relations to the developments in Syria". During a lunch with conservative lawmakers Saturday at the White House, Trump discussed his options.

Shanahan's biography on the Pentagon's website does not list military experience for the longtime Boeing executive.

He spent over three decades working for aircraft giant Boeing, including as vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems, before moving to the Pentagon as a deputy in 2017.

Repeating a pattern of admiring comments towards global strongmen, Trump added that Erdogan 'is a man who can do it'.

Even as Mattis is being hailed as a "national treasure" and praised for his moral compass and "sound judgment", conversations with multiple U.S. defense officials reflect a frustration with the outgoing defense secretary.

On Monday, Trump further defended his decision to declare victory over the IS caliphate and pull US troops from Syria, tweeting criticism of both outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and former Special Envoy Brett McGurk.

Turkey's official Anadolu news agency reported that a Turkish military convoy with howitzers and artillery batteries as well as different units of armed forces has been deployed to the border district of Elbeyli in the south-central Turkish province of Kilis on Monday.

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Over the weekend, the president accused McGurk in a tweet of being a "grandstander" who, "I do not know". I can tell you that people around the world are asking this.

He also said that the offensive would not begin until U.S. troops withdraw from Syria.

"With me, hit hard instead by the Fake News Media".

Mattis also discouraged senior officers from interacting directly with the President, anxious that Trump might suddenly issue them orders - senior officers would have had no option but to do as Trump wished, according to a defense official.

On American ABC television, Mulvaney said Mattis and Trump "just could never get on the same page" on Syria, adding that Trump would not change his mind.

In a resignation letter last week, Mattis told Trump he was stepping down because he disagrees with the President's aggressive "America First" agenda and believes in treating us allies with "respect".

He also said that the president has the right to have a secretary of defense whose views better align with his.

"We will continue to act against Iran's attempt to establish a military presence in Syria, and if the need arises, we will even expand our activities there", Netanyahu said.

Clark, a frequent critic of the president, further explained his concern about Trump's decision.

Last Wednesday Trump announced that the US would withdraw its troops from Syria, following an October 14 phone call with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in which the two leaders agreed on the need for more effective coordination over the war-torn country. We discussed ISIS, our mutual involvement in Syria, & the slow & highly coordinated pullout of USA troops from the area.

"That's a really good question", the commandant told his troops in Afghanistan, who are desperate to know how the confusion in Washington affects them.

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