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Trump Just Canceled a Scheduled Meeting With a Top GOP Senator – Who Was Sitting in the White House Waiting

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Among the top (and astonishing) stories today is that President Donald Trump just announced he is pulling all U.S. troops out of Syria. Part of this huge story is that Trump literally just announced it. He did not, according to multiple reports, consult with any of his advisors, including Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

Deputy defense editor at Politico, Dave Brown, explain what happened:

Erdogan of course is the leader of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, an authoritarian dictator – exactly the type of leader Trump reveres (see: Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un.)

But here’s where the story gets even stranger.

Let’s let the senior national security correspondent for Defense One explain:

Corker is U.S. Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, who just happens to be the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Someone President Trump might have wanted to talk to before deciding and announcing he is pulling out of Syria.

Williams adds that Sen. Corker “also says he’s certain no one in the Senate was informed.”

Oops.

A little over two hours later:

You read that right. The Republican Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations was in the White House waiting to talk with the Republican President for a previously-scheduled meeting and was told to go home.

Meanwhile, Corker just told Manu Raju, CNN’s Senior Congressional Correspondent, “I’ve never seen a decision like this,” referring to pulling out of Syria. He calls it a “massive decision … where nothing is communicated in advance.”

“For all involved, this was a major shock,” says Corker. “It’s obviously a political decision.”

This tweet from before Corker was at the White House sums up how people are feeling, including Senators and administration officials:

CNBC reporter suggests why:

Just how screwed up a decision is it to pull out of Syria the way Trump just did?

Meanwhile, the news that Trump ghosted on a GOP Senator is getting a lot of attention on Twitter:

 

 

 

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Trump Blocks Bolton From CNN Interview After Attacking the Network on Foreign Soil

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White House Now in Full ‘Duck and Cover’ Mode From the Press

President Donald Trump appears to have blocked a senior White House aide from appearing in a pre-arranged interview with CNN. John Bolton, who serves as the National Security Advisor (NSA) and reports directly to the president, was slated to appear on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, but has been barred from speaking with the network, a top Trump target.

In a surprise revelation, CNN’s Jake Tapper notes that Bolton “remains fully prepared to do the interview but the White House has canceled it.”

There is no one in the White House who out-ranks Ambassador Bolton, except President Trump.

The cancelation comes just one day after President Trump attacked a CNN reporter who tried to ask a question.

On Friday in a joint news conference with Prime Minister Theresa May President Trump refused to take a question from CNN’s Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. In an embarrassing display on foreign soil, President Trump called the reporter and his news organization “fake news,” and moved to a reporter from Fox News, which he labeled a “real network.”

Several journalists responded to Tapper’s tweet:

Earlier on Saturday, Trump posted two lie-filled, juvenile tweets again attacking CNN.

CNN actually did cover Trump’s embarrassing assault on the First Amendment:

 

 

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