Jeff Sessions has acknowledged he was aware of contact between Donald Trump’s election campaign and Russian intermediaries, modifying a previous statement about the extent of connections to Moscow.
As US-backed and Russian-backed forces battle to retake the remaining pockets of ISIS-held terrain, Mattis said the US military’s longer-term objective would be to prevent the return of an “ISIS 2.0.”
The mandate for the joint inquiry by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which has found the Syrian government used the banned nerve agent sarin in an April 4 attack, expires on Friday.
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had a previously undisclosed conversation during a dinner for G20 leaders at a summit earlier this month in Germany, a White House official said on Tuesday.
Russian President Putin regarded the US action as a blow against a sovereign nation based on the “made-up pretext” of Syria possessing chemical weapons.