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Trump accidentally refers to Defense Secretary Esper as 'Mark Esperanto' in tweet defending Syria withdrawal


Added 10-20-19 02:04:03pm EST - “President Trump quoted "Mark Esperanto, Secretary of Defense" on Sunday. But the man in charge of the Pentagon is named Mark Esper, not Esperanto.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Trump accidentally refers to Defense Secretary Esper as 'Mark Esperanto' in tweet defending Syria withdrawal”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Donald Trump once again took to Twitter to defend his decision to pull U.S. troops out of northeastern Syria, opening the door to a Turkish assault on Kurds who had helped America combat the Islamic State, but in the process, he incorrectly identified his secretary of defense. 

On Sunday, Trump quoted "Mark Esperanto, Secretary of Defense" as saying, "The ceasefire is holding up very nicely" aside from "some minor skirmishes that have ended quickly." 

But the man the president put in charge of the Pentagon is named Mark Esper, not Esperanto. And many observers do not share Esper/Esperanto's certainty that the cease-fire the Trump administration helped broker between Turkey and the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces is holding up as well as he and other White House officials have implied. 

Mark Esperanto, Secretary of Defense, “The ceasefire is holding up very nicely. There are some minor skirmishes that have ended quickly. New areas being resettled with the Kurds.” USA soldiers are not in combat or ceasefire zones. We have secured the Oil. Bringing soldiers home!

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told ABC News on Sunday that his "senior leaders" had just informed him that "there is relatively little fighting" consisting of "little sporadic small arms fire and a mortar or two."

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