President Trump on Monday threatened to “obliterate” Turkey’s economy should the NATO ally do anything “off limits” in Syria.
“As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!),” Trump tweeted as bipartisan backlash against the move mounted.
He called on the Turks to keep control of captured ISIS fighters and their families, who are being held in detention camps in Syria manned by the Kurds.
“They must, with Europe and others, watch over the captured ISIS fighters and families. The US has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!” the commander-in-chief proclaimed.
The announcement that the US would pull out of northern Syria threw the military situation there into fresh chaos and injected deeper uncertainty into US relations with European allies.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham called it “a disaster,” while Syria’s Kurds accused the US of turning its back on allies and risking gains made in the years-long fight against ISIS.
Trump defended the move in a series of tweets, acknowledging that “the Kurds fought with us,” but adding that they “were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so.”
“I held off this fight for almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home,” he wrote, adding, in all capital letters, that “We will fight where it is to our benefit, and only fight to win.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened for months to…
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