A Trump Call That Went Rogue Hands Erdogan a Surprise Win on Syria

Source:Bloomberg Date:22Dec2018

One version of events of course, but worth reading.



Trump was supposed to tell his Turkish counterpart to stop testing his patience with military threats in Syria. That is, if the American president stuck to the script.

Instead, during a lengthy phone call earlier this month, Trump shocked even those in his inner circle by yielding to a suggestion from Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reverse the Pentagon’s Syrian strategy, handing the Turkish president his biggest diplomatic victory ever.