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Trump Baffles With Claim to Have Taken Control of Mideast Oil

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump prompted a bout of head-scratching when he said the U.S. had control of the Middle East’s oil.

Trump made the comments twice on Friday -- first in a tweet proclaiming “The U.S. has secured the Oil,” and later while discussing the temporary cease-fire reached between Turkish and Kurdish fighters in northern Syria a day earlier.