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Americans Need to Know Trump’s Endgame For Syria, Duckworth Tells Constituents

Huffington Post – Sen.Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) challenged President Donald Trump to state his administration’s “endgame” for military involvement in Syria following the U.S. military’s missile strike on a Syrian air field last week.

Speaking to a full house of constituents at a town hall in the Chicago suburb of Palatine on Tuesday night, Duckworth was asked what was accomplished with the first direct assault on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and what the long-term strategy would be.

Duckworth said that she wants to know, too ― and that Trump needs to provide those answers quickly. “The Trump administration needs to come forward and [state] its goal. Come forward and tell us the truth,” Duckworth responded.

Tillerson Faults Russia for Not Enforcing Syria Chemical Weapon Pact

PBS NewsHour – JUDY WOODRUFF: President Trump’s top diplomat is now in Russia at a moment of high tension. It centers on last week’s U.S. military strike on Syria, after the regime launched a chemical weapons attack against its own people. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports on this day’s events.

MARGARET WARNER: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow this evening on the heels of some tough talk about Syria at the Group of 7 meeting in Italy.

REX TILLERSON, U.S. Secretary of State: Russia has really aligned itself with the Assad regime, the Iranians and Hezbollah. Is that a long-term alliance that serves Russia’s interest? Or would Russia prefer to realign with the United States, with other Western countries and Middle East countries who are seeking to resolve the Syrian crisis?

MARGARET WARNER: U.S.-Russian tensions surged after last Tuesday’s chemical attack, which killed more than 80 people in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province. The U.S. responded with cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base Thursday.

Putin Says US – Russia Ties Worse Since Trump Took Office

Reuters – Levels of trust between Moscow and Washington have deteriorated since U.S. President Donald Trump took office, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview broadcast on Wednesday.
Asked about relations since Trump became president, Putin said, according to a transcript of the interview released by the Kremlin: “One could say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved, but rather has deteriorated.”

Asked about accusations that Syria’s government launched a chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, Putin said that Damascus had given up its chemical weapons stocks

FBI Obtained a FISA Warrant to Monitor Former Trump Adviser Carter Page

TIME – The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of Carter Page, an adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, because the government had reason to believe Page was acting as a Russian agent, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Page is among the Trump associates under scrutiny as the FBI and congressional committees investigate whether his presidential campaign had ties to Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Trump has denied any wrongdoing, but the investigations could shadow his presidency for months or even years.

The Post, citing unnamed law enforcement and other U.S. officials, said the government surveillance application laid out the basis for believing that Page had knowingly engaged in intelligence activities on Russia’s behalf. The newspaper said the application includes contacts Page had with a Russian intelligence operative in 2013.

Written by Pamela Getz

Writer and Activist. Follow Pamela on Twitter @goddesspamela.

Pamela Getz is Editor of International Affairs for Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

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