President Trump's capitulation to Erdogan over Syria is an unmitigated disaster and may lead to a resurgence of ISIS. Trump's impulsive decision to withdraw our forces and betray our Kurdish allies has done incalculable damage to our national security and standing in the world.
2. Q Mr. President, can you tell us what you said to President Erdoğan on Sunday when he said to you -- did you promise him anything or did he promise you anything on Sunday? THE PRESIDENT: No, we’re talking about it. No. But he said, “I want to go in. I want to go in.”
#UPDATE President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a televised speech: "After we launched our operation, we have faced threats like economic sanctions and embargoes on weapons sales. "Those who think they can make Turkey turn back with these threats are gravely mistaken. "
National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien: “We made this very clear to President Erdogan early on that the invasion of Syria was a bad idea. We did not endorse the military operation. We’re not involved in the military operation."
EXCLUSIVE: The White House says that it “has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea.” But a senior adviser to Erdogan, @Gulnuray , tells me: “President Trump and President Erdogan have reached an understanding over precisely what this operation is.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, referring to President Erdogan's remarks: "He who doesn't stop lying about Israel, slaughters the Kurds in his own country, and denies the terrible slaughter of the Armenian people – shouldn't preach to Israel. Erogan, stop lying."
Spoke w/ President Erdogan of Turkey to advise where we stand on all matters including our last two weeks of success in fighting the remnants of ISIS, and 20 mile safe zone. Also spoke about economic development between the U.S. & Turkey - great potential to substantially expand!