Former vice-president is attracting support of 34% of voters compared to Elizabeth Warren’s 19% and Bernie Sanders’ 16%

2.51pm BST

A Bloomberg News reporter noted that the newest Democratic primary poll found Joe Biden has a 43-point advantage on foreign policy, despite Trump’s repeated false corruption claims against the former vice president.

This is after vs. before the Ukraine news broke. If the president’s goal was to create an aura of scandal around Biden and damage him in the Dem primary, poll suggests it’s failing.

Of note: Biden’s edge on foreign policy is +43 over his nearest D rival.

2.31pm BST

Trump announced in a tweet that he would deliver a statement from the White House at 11 a.m. E.T. on the situation in Syria.

Big success on the Turkey/Syria Border. Safe Zone created! Ceasefire has held and combat missions have ended. Kurds are safe and have worked very nicely with us. Captured ISIS prisoners secured. I will be making a statement at 11:00 A.M. from the White House. Thank you!

Tuesday’s developments more concretely define the size and scope of the area that Turkish soldiers will occupy, adding to pockets of northern Syria that Turkey seized from Islamic State and Kurdish fighters in operations in 2016 and 2018.

The deal was widely perceived as good news for Ankara and a poor result for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), building as it does on the US’ agreement last week that Turkey has a right to a buffer zone on its border at their expense. Most of all, it cements Moscow’s new role as prime powerbroker in the Middle East as US influence in the region wanes.

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