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 PowerMore than 100 national security professionals urge Trump to invoke Defense Production Act Samantha Power votes for Biden, praises his 'empathy and decency' President Trump's strike of choice MORE on Monday suggested that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report MORE’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria was a way to “compensate Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Guidance on masks is coming 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 WarrenDemocrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill 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.