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January 6, 2019

President Trump's planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria will not happen until Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledges not to continue to attack Kurdish Syrian fighters, National Security Adviser John Bolton said Sunday.

"There are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal," Bolton said. "The timetable flows from the policy decisions that we need to implement." Such a promise from Erdogan is unlikely to materialize, as Ankara considers U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in Syria to be terrorists because of their ties to Kurdish rebels in Turkey.

On Friday, an unnamed senior administration official told NBC News the withdrawal will not include all U.S. forces in Syria, and that some of those withdrawn will be redeployed to Iraq, not sent home as Trump has suggested. The official said no timeline for withdrawal on any scale has been determined. Bonnie Kristian

April 24, 2018

If the U.S. pulls out of the Iran nuclear deal, there's no reason for Iran to stay in it either, the country's foreign minister told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Earlier that same day, President Trump gave every indication that the U.S. is out.

French President Emmanuel Macron lobbied Trump to preserve the deal during Macron's White House visit Tuesday, per BBC. Trump proceeded to call the deal "insane," reflecting his months-long intention to rescind the U.S.'s involvement in the 2015 deal signed by former President Barack Obama to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions.

But if the U.S. is out, "there won't be any deal for Iran to stay in," Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told AP. It'll also show that the U.S. doesn't keep its promises and could hurt talks with North Korea, he said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit the White House on Friday to hopefully convince Trump to reverse his position on the deal. British Prime Minister Theresa May could stop by too, and even Russia backs the deal, per CNN.

Trump has until May 12 to decide if the U.S. will stay in the deal or reimpose sanctions on Iran instead. Kathryn Krawczyk

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