Former US envoy Samantha Power: Trump finding 'new ways to compensate Putin for election interference'

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha PowerSamantha Jane PowerFormer US envoy Samantha Power: Trump finding 'new ways to compensate Putin for election interference' Former UN ambassador: Republicans have made a 'devil's bargain' to accept Trump Obama U.N. ambassador: Trump has 'endorsed ethnic cleansing' MORE on Monday suggested that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers release defense bill with parental leave-for-Space-Force deal House Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence MORE’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria was a way to “compensate Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinUkraine, Russia agree to restart peace process Trump, Russian foreign minister to meet Tuesday Impeachment, Ukraine, Syria and warheads color Washington visit by top Russian diplomat MORE for his election interference.”

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“Every day @realDonaldTrump finds new ways to compensate Vladimir Putin for his election interference,” Power tweeted, linking to a CBS News article about Russian troops taking command of a U.S. airbase in northern Syria.

“And every day Putin gains additional incentive to interfere again on Trump’s behalf in 2020,” she added.

 

Power, who served as U.N. ambassador under former President Obama, is a frequent critic of Trump’s foreign policy, saying in October that the president gave his blessing to ethnic cleansing when he told reporters that Turkish forces “had to have [Northern Syria] cleaned out.”

Power, who has suggested she may run for Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenGabbard says she won't participate in next debate even if she qualifies On The Money: White House, Dems edge closer to trade deal | GOP worries about Trump concessions | DOJ argues Congress can't sue Trump on emoluments | Former Fed chief Volcker dies UN International Anticorruption Day highlights democracy as a human right MORE’s (D-Mass.) seat should Warren win the presidency, is one of numerous bipartisan voices who have condemned the Syria pullout, which was followed by Turkey’s incursion into the region.

Following a deal that forced the withdrawal of Kurdish forces in the region and ended the Turkish military offensive there, Russia and Turkey began joint military patrols in northeastern Syria, with the starting patrol covering a 54-mile area assisted by drones. The Russian defense ministry said nine military vehicles including a Russian armored personnel carrier were used.