With Syria on the Table, Erdogan Pays Court to Putin Russia’s leader hosted his Turkish counterpart as a U.S.-brokered cease-fire with Kurdish forces came to an end, underscoring Moscow’s emergence as a powerful player in the Middle East. Go to Source

Trump Said to Favor Leaving a Few Hundred Troops in Eastern Syria The president appears to be trying to balance competing impulses: bringing troops home while ensuring that efforts to contain ISIS will continue — and answering withering criticism for his Syria policy. Go to Source

Mick Mulvaney Struggles to Explain Comments on Ukraine The acting White House chief of staff admitted he did not have a “perfect press conference,” but said the administration did not tie military aid to investigating Democrats. Go to Source