Trump said that the United States should focus on defeating the Islamic State, and find common ground with the Syrians and their Russian backers.

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WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump said Friday that he was likely to abandon the U.S. effort to support “moderate” opposition groups in Syria who are battling the government of President Bashar Assad, saying, “We have no idea who these people are.”

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, he repeated a position he took often during his campaign: that the United States should focus on defeating the Islamic State, and find common ground with the Syrians and their Russian backers.

Trump’s the-enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend logic will gratify President Vladimir Putin, because it suggests that rather than pressure Russia to end its support of Assad, a Trump administration will get out of Putin’s way.