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Russia has doubts Trump will leave Syria – Washington Examiner

Russia has doubts Trump will leave Syria – Washington Examiner

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Russia isn't sure President Trump will make good on his promise to withdraw troops from Syria, in part because of past broken promises from the U.S. to withdraw troops from other regions. "Of course, we need to look at what will happen in reality," said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Let’s recall the previous U.S. president and those promises concerning the withdrawal from Afghanistan, which were made six or seven years ago, and compare them to reality." "That's why we prefer to wait patiently and analyze what is happening in actual fact," Peskov said. Peskov was apparently referencing former President Barack Obama, who said he would withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. He later postponed that decision to avoid a further deterioration
Here are 3 good replacements for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis – Washington Examiner

Here are 3 good replacements for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis – Washington Examiner

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The challenge of replacing Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is twofold: His replacement needs to retain President Trump's trust, but the person must also be willing to offer honest advice. Relatively few individuals could fill that role. But here are three that spring to mind. 1) Jon Huntsman A former governor of Utah, former ambassador to China, former ambassador to Singapore, and former U.S. trade representative, Huntsman currently serves as ambassador to Russia. Extremely well-versed in national security policy and fluent in Mandarin, Huntsman's dual-experience in China and Russia would allow him to continue Mattis' reforms towards better preparing America for great power struggles. Huntsman's particular knowledge of and experience with the Chinese would be of instrumen...