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The Turkish attack in Syria has reached its second day when President Donald Trump offered a novel defense after being accused of abandoning longtime US allies in the region.
We observe the following today.
Turkish troops continue marching in Syria.
Turkey achieved 180 goals on Thursday, one day after the launch of an air and ground offensive against Kurdish fighters.
The Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria began on Wednesday after US troops withdrew from the area to clear the way for the Turkish forces.
President Donald Trump was beaten by Republicans and Democrats for allowing the Turkish military to attack the Kurdish fighters who were allied with the US and were key partners in the fight against the militant group of the Islamic State in the region.
Defending his decision during a White House press conference on Wednesday, t. The President tried to downplay the Alliance. "They did not help us during World War II, they did not help us in Normandy," Trump said of the Kurds. He added that they were only interested in "fighting for their country".
Current and former intelligence officials have warned that the militant group of the Islamic State may reform after the "betrayal" of the US on the Kurdish armed forces in Syria.
According to official figures, there will be immediate concern about what will happen to the 1
Trump downplayed the threat. "Well, they're going to flee to Europe, they want to go there, they want to go back to their homes," he said during the press conference.
But he also painted a vivid picture of his part-time job as Commander-in-Chief, which has shaped his reflections on the withdrawal of troops in the Middle East – the moments he shared with the families of the killed soldiers.
Biden calls for Trump's impeachment, calling for "graffiti" against his family
Former Vice President Joe Biden demanded the impeachment of Trump during a blatant election campaign speech on Wednesday.
"Donald Trump has violated his oath of office, betrayed this nation and committed unquestionable acts," Biden said in his most vehement comments So far, he added, "He should be charged."
The President answered almost immediately on Twitter.
"So pathetic to see Joe Biden being with his son Hunter and to the detriment of The American taxpayer has at least fooled two countries for millions of dollars and demanded my impeachment – and I did not do anything wrong," said Trump. "Joe's failure campaign gave him no choice!"
Jonathan Allen of NBC News writes in a news analysis that Trump's impeachment vote is a race against the clock. But not so much for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Matt Lauer accused of raping NBC colleagues During their time at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
Lauer first spoke in detail since his release from NBC News in November 2017 and denied the allegation of sexual assault in a letter issued by his lawyer on Wednesday.
He confirmed that he had a relationship with former colleague Brooke Nevils, but said that this was "totally consensual" and "absolutely nothing aggressive" in the encounter she considers rape.
Nevils responded to Lauer's letter in a statement to NBC News.
"There is the Matt Lauer that millions of Americans watched on television every morning for two decades, and there's Matt Lauer, who this morning tried to silence a former colleague," she said in part. "His open letter was a case study about the guilt of the victims."
NBC News responded to reports citing the book in a statement on Wednesday: "Matt Lauer's behavior was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said then. Why was he released within 24 hours after we got the first one?" For our colleague, our hearts are breaking again. "
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