“Unfortunately for Trump, he enters the summit with a decidedly weakened hand — largely of his own making”

Putin Sees Trump as an Easy Mark on Syria
by John Hannah
July 13, 2018

As U.S. President Donald Trump approaches his July 16 summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, there’s much speculation that Syria will be near the top of the agenda. Trump is reportedly eager for a deal in which Russia would use its influence to contain Iran’s expanding military presence in Syria, especially close to Israel’s northern border. In exchange, the United States would consent to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s reconquest of most of the country, acknowledge Russia’s role as Syria’s dominant outside power, and commit to the withdrawal of several thousand U.S. troops from [Syria]. READ MORE

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