WASHINGTON (AP)– A day after threatening Turkey with financial ruin if it goes too far in attacking northern Syria, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will satisfy at the White Home next month.
The statement came one day after Trump publicly cautioned Turkey it would remain in “big trouble” if any American soldiers in Syria are hurt during a military operation Turkey is preparing to release against Kurdish fighters who had actually been allied with the United States versus Islamic State militants.
The White House previously today announced strategies to move U.S. soldiers out of damage’s method northern Syria since it appeared that Turkey was intent on moving into Syria to challenge Kurdish fighters that it declares are terrorists that threaten its nationwide security.
The decision was roundly criticized by some of the president’s staunchest Republican allies in Congress, and Democrats who stated Trump’s decision to move the U.S. soldiers cleared the method for a Turkish invasion and runs the risk of the release countless IS fighters and their households detained in Syria. Trump on Monday safeguarded the decision, stating he was fulfilling a project promise to withdraw from “endless war” in the Middle East, and he alerted Turkey that he would ruin its economy if any American workers are damaged.
On Tuesday, Trump sent out a series of tweets that stirred confusion about the U.S.-Turkey relationship. He sent out tweets protecting Ankara as a big trading partner of the U.S., provider of steel for F-35 fighter jets.
” We may remain in the process of leaving Syria, however in no method have we Abandoned the Kurds, who are unique individuals and fantastic fighters,” Trump stated. “Also our relationship with Turkey, a NATO and Trading partner, has been excellent.
” Turkey already has a large Kurdish population and fully understands that while we just had 50 soldiers staying in that area of Syria, and they have been gotten rid of, any unforced or unneeded fighting by Turkey will be ravaging to their economy and to their extremely fragile currency. We are assisting the Kurds financially/weapons!”
Trump stated he would invite Erdogan to the White House on Nov. 13.
On Monday, 2 senior State Department officials made a point of noting that while the Turks had highlighted the invite in their readout of the call, the previous night’s White Home statement had actually not consisted of any reference to an Erdogan check out to Washington. They stated the Turkish readout was not incorrect but recommended that the omission of the journey from the White House declaration was a sign of Trump’s misery with Erdogan’s prepare for an operation against the Kurds.
Turkey’s vice president says his country won’t acquiesce threats in an obvious response to Trump’s alerting to Ankara about the scope of its planned military attack into Syria.
Fuat Oktay stated in a speech on Tuesday that Turkey is intent on fighting Syrian Kurdish fighters throughout its border in Syria and on creating a zone that would allow Turkey to resettle Syrian refugees there.
Oktay stated: “Where Turkey’s security is worried, we determine our own path however we set our own limits.”