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Trump says the U.S. is pulling out of Syria “like, very soon.” That’s news to the State Department and Pentagon.
“We’re knocking the hell out of ISIS. We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon,” Trump told officials at an event in Ohio Tuesday. “Let the other people take care of it now. Very, very soon we’re coming out.
That’s apparently news to the State Department, whose spokesperson told Axios that she didn’t know of any plans to end the U.S. military presence in Syria. And as recently as January, Rex Tillerson (who headed the State Department until Trump abruptly fired him over Twitter earlier this month) called for “continued involvement” in the war-torn country.
The distinction comes a week after the attacker was identified as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt.
The recent deadly bombings across Austin, Texas, were acts of domestic terrorism, the city’s police chief said for the first time on Thursday.
“This is a distinction that I did want to make today,” interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a panel discussion hosted by NPR station KUT. “I actually agree now that he was a domestic terrorist for what he did to us.”
More than a year into Trump’s presidency, the bubble has closed back over the Acela Corridor, where voters say they do not regret not voting for Trump.
“If he came out in tears and admitted his whole life was a lie, and that he’s changing all of his policies, and that he’s going to fight for the people, and that maybe Putin isn’t such a great guy, sure, he could win me over that way,” the card-carrying member of the coastal elite told me. “But the chances of that happening are pretty slim.”
Why didn’t Venezky regret voting for Clinton, what with the stock market rallying and jobs aplenty, with people wishing one another Merry Christmas again, and with North Korea reportedly coming back to the diplomatic table to talk denuclearization?
“I mean, come on, read the news,” he told me.
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