Trump wants a deal with Russia to cooperate in Syria

Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

On the eve of President Trump's first meeting with Vladimir Putin, The Daily Beast reports the Trump administration is prepared to float a deal that would allow further U.S.-Russia cooperation in Syria, citing congressional sources and a White House official. Per the report, the plan...

  1. "leaves dictator Bashar al-Assad in power;"
  2. "acquiesces to the idea of 'safe zones' proposed by Russia and its allies;"
  3. "leans on cooperation from Moscow, including the use of Russian troops to patrol parts of the country."

A source close to Trump tells Jonathan Swan that the president wants to see if a broader deal with Russia (on Syria and terrorism, but also Ukraine) is possible.