In about-face, Trump targets ‘uncontrollable’ arms race, decries ‘crazy’ defense budget

President Trump in the last two years has never missed an opportunity to tout his $700 and $716 billion budgets to rebuild the 'depleted' U.S. military. He also has vowed to rebuild America's nuclear arsenal by adding new low-yield weapons. He further has announced his intention to abandon a landmark Cold-War era arms control treaty with the Russians. Now, in a single tweet, the president has signaled he’s rethinking the whole idea of winning an arms race by outspending and outlasting America’s adversaries.

Putin-Erdogan deal on Syria demilitarized zone heads off showdown, pending bloodbath

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that he had struck a deal with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to table a planned offensive against the Syrian rebel stronghold of Idlib, a last-minute agreement that led all sides of the 7-year-old conflict to breathe a sigh of relief despite a host of unanswered questions about whether the so-called demilitarized zone will hold.