The Wall Street Journal: Trump may ask Putin to help reduce Iran’s presence in Syria

President Donald Trump is expected to seek Moscow’s help in scaling back Iran’s military presence in Syria when he meets in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16 for a summit, say European diplomats.

Some American officials see a potential for a U.S. and Russian “convergence” on the issue that Trump could explore at the summit meeting, said one senior diplomat, one of several who have recently spoken to American officials on the issue.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underscored the administration’s concerns about Iran’s presence in Syria in an appearance before Congress on Wednesday.

“If the Russians could get the Iranians out of there, I would applaud it,” said Pompeo, who added that Moscow’s ability to accomplish that was “an open-ended question.

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