If a devastating viral Fox News story is anything to go by, Donald Trump’s political career is over

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Tracy Keeling

Fox News has generally always had Donald Trump’s back (the same cannot be said the other way round). That played well for Trump, as in 2016 the outlet was the main news source for around 40% of his voters.

Trump, however, just carried out the mother of all betrayals. He pulled US troops from Syria, where they were partnered with Kurdish-led forces. These fighters in northern Syria (aka Rojava) were instrumental in defeating Daesh (Isis/Isil). His action has left people in the region at the mercy of the brutal Turkish regime.

But US troops are not happy about the decision. And neither, it appears, is Fox News. Trump’s up for re-election in 2020. His political future does not look bright.

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Shameful

Fox News‘s national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin took to Twitter on 9 October. She detailed a conversation she had with one of the US special forces on the ground in Syria:

The US soldier’s account is devastating. He describes a people – the Kurds – who, despite facing “Turkish atrocities” thanks to Trump’s decision, are still “not abandoning” the US.

He says they are “pleading for” US support, but it is doing “nothing”. Of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), he says:

The Kurds are as close to Western thinking in the Middle East as anyone.

It’s a shame. It’s horrible.

The soldier also asserts that “This is not helping the ISIS fight”. In fact, he says Trump’s betrayal will mean “Many of them [Daesh] will be free in the coming days and weeks”.

In an article on the subject, Fox News‘s Benjamin Hall explained why:

The likelihood of ISIS prisoners escaping and setting up a resurgent terror network has been far stronger since Turkey launched its invasion. Some of these prison camps have been deep inside Syria, guarded by the SDF. With Turkey moves toward them, they likely will need to send more fighters north to protect themselves, leaving the ISIS camps under-guarded.

“Aghast, horrified”

Griffin also detailed the Pentagon’s reaction to Trump’s decision on Fox News:

And reaction to her tweets regarding the experiences of the US soldier shows people in the Pentagon aren’t the only ones who are “aghast” and “horrified”:

Abandon Trump

As The Canary has previously detailed:

Rojava is a multi-ethnic but mostly Kurdish part of Syria. Since early on in Syria’s war, the region has led a green democratic revolution. Its system is feminist, socialist, and opposes all religious discrimination.

Yet Trump has abandoned the forces leading that revolution, who have been instrumental in fighting Daesh, to capitulate to the fascistic, authoritarian Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Let’s hope the ire of those who helped Trump secure the presidency in 2016 continues and they treat him to a similar abandonment come the 2020 election.

Featured image via YouTube – NBC News

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    1. How does the opinion of one USA soldier, unnamed and of unverified existence, broadcast by Fox News and propagated on the ‘Tittle Tattle Channel’, otherwise known as Twitter, constitute news?

      Be that as it may, perhaps some people are enthralled by utterances arising from persons of unknown credibility (factors such as the soldier’s rank, experience in Syria, and so forth) and motivation (e.g. participation in US party politics). Yet, to proclaim the story as potentially devastating regarding Mr Trump’s re-election prospects is, to put it mildly, wishful thinking. A more forthright assessment would delve into the realm of ‘fake news’, ‘misinformation’, ‘click-bait’, and journalistic standards.

      1. Of course decent Americans are shocked and ashamed of their President’s arbitrary betrayal of the Kurds, just as we would be if we had an unhinged leader who was happy to throw a loyal ally to the wolves.

        My own feeling is that Putin is somehow behind this. Will it ever come out (maybe, but probably long after we are all dead and gone) exactly what hold Putin has over Trump? It must be more than prostitute and pee tapes, or maybe it is just that – the world is absurd enough for so much – maybe even the future
        – to hinge on Trump not wanting to be embarrassed.

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