Trump news - live: Erdogan says Turkey will 'not forget president's disrespectful letter' as White House backtracks over Ukraine revelation

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Donald Trump is said to be “not happy” after his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, appeared to confirm the US had withheld military aid to Ukraine for political purposes, acknowledging the quid pro quo Democrats pursuing the president’s impeachment have sought to prove.

While Mr Trump was quick to hail the ceasefire his vice president Mike Pence agreed with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara over the Syria crisis, his DC rivals denounced the measure as a “sham” as the fighting continued between the Turkish military and the Syrian Democratic Forces.

At his latest rally in Dallas, Texas, the president compared the Turks and Kurds to brawling children (“Sometimes you have to let them fight”) and branded House speaker Nancy Pelosi “nuts” after their recent spat at the White House. He was, meanwhile, brutally ridiculed by his own former defence secretary Jim Mattis at a white tie dinner in New York.

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