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Rachel Marsden: Trump and Putin are upsetting the war hawks

Rachel Marsden: Trump and Putin are upsetting the war hawks

MOSCOW -- When I asked Russian President Vladimir Putin last week at his annual press conference what he thought of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American troops from Syria, he agreed with Mr. Trump's assessment while expressing skepticism about the follow-through.

"Is the presence of American troops required there? I do not think it is," Mr. Putin said. "However, let us not forget that their presence, the presence of [American] troops, is illegitimate, as it was not approved by a U.N. Security Council resolution. The military contingent can only be there under a resolution of the U.N. Security Council or at the invitation of the legitimate Syrian...

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