This is exactly the right note. Good for Pelosi. Connects Ukraine with Russia, draws parallels to Trump's dealings with the Saudis, and implicitly centers his inherently corrupt nature, all while making clear there are still many extraordinary unknowns. https://t.co/pIq4wID5It— Will Stancil (@whstancil) October 17, 2019
The consensus is that Trump "impulsively" told Erdogan to go ahead and invade Syria and said the U.S. would not object. (Since Turkey has 50 American nuclear bomb sites on its territory, Erdogan probably figured Trump wouldn't say such a thing if he didn't mean it.) It's also possible that Trump wanted to keep Turkey happy since he has two Trump Towers in Istanbul and several other active business ventures that require Erdogan's cooperation. But it's impossible to ignore the fact that while every single Trump foreign policy bungle can be attributed to his ignorance, narcissism or corruption, for some reason they always seem to accrue to the benefit of Vladimir Putin.