NEW: Trump spoke to Erdogan and called for an immediate ceasefire, per Pence. Pence to travel to Turkey.
— HansNichols (@HansNichols) October 14, 2019
VP announced that Pres Trump spoke with Pres Erdogan and called for a stop to the Turkish invasion of Syria and "an immediate ceasefire." @POTUS also secured a commitment from Erdogan that Turkey would not attack the Kurdish-held town of Kobani. Says Trump was emphatic on that. pic.twitter.com/Xx25w0vJlM
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 14, 2019
NOW: On background Sr. Administration officials just told reporters "Nothing we did would deter the Turks" from the incursion into Syria. Sources will not confirm ISIS fighters have broken free. @realDonaldTrump
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) October 14, 2019
What an incredible video.
Syrian army is seen passing U.S. troops on a main road near Kobani as American forces leave the area.
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) October 14, 2019
White House announcement Oct 6: *after a call between Trump and Erdogan,* “Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into northern Syria.” Now Esper is acting like the Turks pulled a fast one on us and we had nothing to do with it. pic.twitter.com/pBXEKG2IyX
— John M. Donnelly (@johnmdonnelly) October 14, 2019
TIMELINE ON SYRIA
– Trump gets Trump Tower Istanbul
– Trump says to Turkey, sure go for it. Invade.
– Turkey invades. Slaughters our allies.
– ISIS Fighters are freed.
– GOP: We will sanction Turkey for doing what Trump told them to do. https://t.co/erZu1EzBO5
— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) October 14, 2019
"Trump has affirmed Putin’s long-held conviction – shared by all autocrats – that Americans are as venal and self-absorbed as they are, just more hypocritical." Stinging essay by William Burns – all the more powerful because he is normally so understated https://t.co/MKhTlxIl4X
— Edward Luce (@EdwardGLuce) October 14, 2019
“This is what Assad winning the Syrian civil war looks like”
– @KoriSchake from the International Institute for Strategic Studies, on the latest developments from the Turkey-Syria border, where Kurdish-led forces have struck a deal with the Syrian army
#Newsnight | @maitlis pic.twitter.com/FtGJGhlwRR
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) October 14, 2019
I don't think enough is being made of this. The Trump administration did not just give the green light to attack our allies in Syria. Team Trump is also curbing, quite possibly ending, the military's mission to contain ISIS – right as the terror group gets a new lease on life. https://t.co/Gc49U3cO3j
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) October 14, 2019
Retired Marine Gen. John Allen on Pres. Trump's withdrawal of US troops in northern Syria: "So much of what we have done over the last 4 years has been undone in the last 96 hours, and it is really frustrating to watch this happening."https://t.co/t5fjU1mgF2
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 14, 2019
Today is also one of those days when making sense of events actually distorts them, because sense is what they fundamentally do not make. https://t.co/mqwZy5B8Yr
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) October 14, 2019
The Republicans have no one to blame but themselves. They continue to support a president who has been unabashed in his love of dictators, his disdain for human rights and his willingness to betray anyone or anything to advance his own interests. https://t.co/xIHbFpQNU1
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) October 14, 2019
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 14, 2019
The borders of the Middle East are being redrawn. Turkey is grabbing a piece of Syria. The Kurds and Syrian army, now aligned, are fighting to hold on to what they can. As President Trump says whatever happens, happens, not America’s problem. What will happen is many will die.
— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) October 14, 2019
ELSEWHERE IN TRUMPWORLD
Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland intends to testify Trump told him in the Oval that Ukraine requests had to go through Giuliani & that Rudy wanted a written statement promising Biden probe. Giuliani says Sondland "was in charge." https://t.co/oA1Zeea1nZ
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) October 14, 2019
Can’t wait to read #FionaHill’s prepared testimony. The back-and-forth will presumably be in closed session. The firing of Ambassador #MarieYovanovitch will prove to play a key part in the #Ukrainegate Article of Impeachment for abuse of presidential power https://t.co/Pi8A4SV3Kh
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) October 14, 2019
I asked @RepRaskin, before he walked in to Fiona Hill deposition, about the accounts they’ve been hearing from aides behind closed doors on Ukraine: “Essentially everybody is telling us the same thing, which is that the phone call was just the tip of the iceberg on July 25th.”
— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) October 14, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) October 14, 2019
This is about so much more than a single video. It's about what happens when you plant seeds of hatred and division. It's about what happens when you give your supporters permission to hate and dehumanize critics. https://t.co/X77yPhn8JG
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 14, 2019
Hey Trump Voters
Guess where your Trump campaign donations are going.
Into his pockets.
He’s paying himself with the money you’re donating.
It’s all a grift. https://t.co/uakVLRJ3cl
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) October 14, 2019
— Jeffrey Levin (@jilevin) October 14, 2019
What are the odds no one kept a little insurance policy? https://t.co/ufb0RFHw95
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) October 14, 2019
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) October 14, 2019
Interesting – Cabinet this week has been moved to Wednesday so there is more time to give them fuller update on Brexit state of play … could read the runes in plenty of different ways – Number 10 being genuinely tight lipped
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) October 14, 2019
Or, perhaps not…
Finnish PM (Finland currently holds EU presidency) says there is no practical or legal way to reach agreement with the UK before Thursday’s EU summit. https://t.co/RRrmYG9Zu0
— Alex Andreou (@sturdyAlex) October 14, 2019
The paper thin list of Bills briefed for the Queen’s Speech – mostly dog whistles on law & order – make it clear that Johnson’s real forward agenda is Brexit, more Brexit, then slashing environmental and employment legislation after Brexit
— Andrew Adonis (@Andrew_Adonis) October 14, 2019
Right on cue, at the very moment you can glimpse a path towards a second referendum https://t.co/vVqhv8vb1a
— Jonathan Freedland (@Freedland) October 13, 2019
"I cannot believe that we would provide a money resolution and allow a referendum to go forward.”
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) October 14, 2019
— Ladbrokes Politics (@LadPolitics) October 14, 2019
Emma De Souza says a tribunal's ruling on whether people born in Northern Ireland are British citizens "goes against the Good Friday Agreement". Read more here: https://t.co/K8MogMMHsW pic.twitter.com/QOppQVktjf
— BBC News NI (@BBCNewsNI) October 14, 2019
And another load of persuadables cross the Rubicon https://t.co/WYAu3BQmr4
— MorpheusNI (@MorpheusNI) October 14, 2019
In the real world…
Hospital books hotel rooms for cancer patients ahead of Brexit https://t.co/p4om9VrCBQ
— HealthServiceJournal (@HSJnews) October 14, 2019
Pro-independence Catalans hit streets of Barcelona protesting conviction of Catalan leaders in failed independence referendum case pic.twitter.com/Ju3o9Bbcho
— TRT World (@trtworld) October 14, 2019
Protesters at Barcelona airport demanding release of Catalan separatist leaders. pic.twitter.com/ZgWs21PM5p
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) October 14, 2019
Good luck with this…
Police ban Extinction Rebellion protests from whole of London https://t.co/MIncErl2Gf
— Netpol (@netpol) October 14, 2019
Six minutes of added time for racism will live long in sporting infamy | Barney Ronay https://t.co/9ImAg7oBe3
— The Guardian (@guardian) October 14, 2019
Gareth Southgate's England team are fantastic ambassadors for the United Kingdom, in a particularly grim era. Diverse, modern and intelligent.
— Keith Bailie (@KeithJBailie) October 14, 2019
So I’m thinking we made it? Or are all ghosts. https://t.co/Clr42U0PhL
— William Gibson (@GreatDismal) October 14, 2019