Trump Vows to Stand By Kurds, Appeases Turkey Ahead of Ankara's Offensive in Syria
15:42 08.10.2019(updated 16:20 08.10.2019)
Trump's praise for Turkey appears to contradict an earlier statement in which he threatened to "obliterate" Turkey's economy if Ankara did anything "off-limits" in regard to its incoming military operation in Syria.
President Trump has taken a seemingly conciliatory approach towards Ankara, posting a series of tweets in which he stressed that Turkey is an important trading partner that is "good to deal with."
President Trump also weighed in on the US troop withdrawal from Syria, saying that Washington is in "no way" abandoning the Kurds.
The tweet comes on the heels of President Trump's earlier tweet in which he warned Turkey against any rash actions in Syria. The US President threatened to obliterate the Turkish economy as "he has done it before" if Ankara goes "off-limits".
On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara will launch an offensive in Syria in the coming days to rid the border area from what Ankara perceives as terrorists. Erdogan also vowed to establish a safe zone and ensure the safe return of millions of refugees currently living in Turkey.
Later on Sunday, the White House announced US forces would withdraw from the area and would not back Turkey's campaign.
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