Trump Does 180 On Turkey After Criticism, Threatens To Obliterate Its Economy
President Donald Trump did a complete turnabout on Monday morning following widespread criticism over his decision to pull U.S. forces from northern Syria, likely opening America’s Kurdish allies to harm at the hands of Turkey.
Trump said in a tweet that he would “totally destroy and obliterate” Turkey’s economy if President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan steps over the line, according to The Independent.
"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!)," the president wrote.
"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!"
Trump’s decision to have U.S. forces stand aside as Erdoğan launches a long-planned military offensive in the region was met with outcry on Monday morning, including from some of his most vocal supporters.
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), as well as former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, voiced immense concern over the move.
Graham phoned into Fox & Friends on Monday morning to express his opinion on the matter.
"This impulsive decision by the President has undone all the gains we've made, thrown the region into further chaos. Iran is licking their chops. And, if I'm an Isis fighter I've got a second lease on life. So to those who think Isis has been defeated you will soon see," he said.