The US will destroy Turkey’s economy if it starts to destroy the Kurds in northeastern Syria, Washington hopes for Ankara’s rationality. US President Donald Trump stated at the White House.
Answering journalists ‘questions about what the US will do if Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan starts destroying Kurds in Syria, the head of state said:” I will destroy its economy if it happens. I did it once in connection with pastor [Andrew] Brunson (in Turkey he was accused of having links to terrorists) I hope he [Erdogan] will act rationally.”
“I have already told President Erdogan that I will do much more than sanctions. I would agree with sanctions, but I’m mulling something much tougher than sanctions if he doesn’t do it [conduct the operation] in the most humane way possible,” Trump added.
“I tried to stop him [Erdogan] literally from the first day as President, but they want to fight,” concluded the head of the White House.
The United States has withdrawn all of its troops from Turkey’s operation in northeastern Syria, Trump said.
“We have no military in the area. We have been negotiating with Turkey for three years, they have wanted to do this for many years, and they have been at war with each other for centuries. We were caught up in this war, it was supposed to take 30 days, but we’ve been there for years. Time to go,” he said.
The head of the White House also stressed that Washington “is negotiating with both sides.” “We told Erdogan what we think. But we’re talking to both sides, we’re exploring what can be done about this situation,” Trump said.
At the same time, the American leader stressed that the current American administration intends to end the “endless wars” of the United States in the Middle East. “We are emerging from endless wars. We have to do it,” he added.
According to Trump, the US is also taking some of the “most dangerous” fighters from the Islamic State terrorist group captured earlier to safer places from which they will not be able to escape. “We take them away, we transfer them to other places,” Trump explained. Earlier on Wednesday, US President said that with the start of the operation, Turkey “has a responsibility to ensure that all detained is fighters remain in custody.”