There is a surprise twist in the saga of why Donald Trump got on the phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday night and decided, without consulting with any of his military, national security or foreign policy advisers, to pull troops out of northern Syria so Turkey could massacre some Kurds.
Are you ready for the twist? It is a good twist you didn’t see coming.
The twist is that Donald Trump is a spineless moron who’s bad at deals.
Riiiiiiiight? Told you it was a surprising twist!
According to somebody Newsweek spoke to, who has “direct” knowledge of the phone call, Trump simply got “rolled” by Erdoğan. Hey, remember last time Trump tried to end US involvement in Syria all of a sudden? It was after a phone call with Erdoğan, where he clearly got rolled. That time, Trump was met with universal condemnation, including from members of his own party, and he quickly caved and changed his mind. We will not be surprised if that happens on this one too, considering how Republicans are acting.
Anyway, Turkey said it was going to invade, and once Trump got on the call, he was like “OK”: “President Trump was definitely out-negotiated and only endorsed the troop withdraw[al] to make it look like we are getting something—but we are not getting something,” the National Security Council source told Newsweek. “The U.S. national security has entered a state of increased danger for decades to come because the president has no spine and that’s the bottom line.”
No spine and we got nothing out of the deal? Yep, sounds like our American president!