Trump won't let Assad get away with ''horrible'' actions

US takes stricter line on Assad

In a post to Twitter criticizing a media report late Monday, the president said, "The Amazon Washington Post fabricated the facts on my ending massive, dangerous, and wasteful payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad".

Anonymous officials told the Post that Trump's decision reflects his desire to mend ties with Russian Federation.

Trump chose to nix the aid nearly a month ago after meeting CIA Director Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster in the Oval Office, according to the Washington Post.

Trump didn't specify what was wrong with report by the newspaper, which is owned by Amazon founder Jeffrey P. Bezos. But perhaps he should try it out, because a tweet he sent late on Monday seems to confirm a secretive Central Intelligence Agency program in Syria that he recently ended.

The termination of the program was confirmed by SOCOM Gen. The intelligence group started the arms program to pressure Syria's Bashar al-Assad into stepping down from power. He said the U.S. is having extraordinary success against the ISIS.

That's a dramatic shift for the Trump administration.

While not-a-Republican Joe Scarborough rages about hundreds who have died in chemical attacks possibly not even perpetrated by the Syrian government in 2013, 2015, and 2017, our conventional weapons have helped prolong a war that has resulted in countless thousands of civilian deaths. Like large portions of the nation's various drone wars, some military/CIA programs are known to be non-secret secrets. Ending the operation has been seen as a net gain for the Kremlin by several officials privy to the decision. "Putin won in Syria".

The CIA program will likely be phased out "over a period of months" the officials told the Post, noting that the decision has the support of key USA ally Jordan, that has hosted training sites for the Syrian rebels. Trump, by contrast, has not yet retracted or clarified his remarks about the program's end.

The pinnacle of this failure came in Obama's last few hours in the White House in January.

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