US President Donald Trump on his Twitter page threatened to “destroy” the Turkish economy if Ankara “crosses the line.”
Trump claims to have done so before. The President noted that the fact of “crossing the line” will determine his “great and incomparable wisdom.”
“They [the Turks] along with Europe and others should monitor the detained IS fighters and their families,” Trump wrote amid Ankara’s preparations for a military operation in Syria.
He added that the US has done “much more in the region than anyone could have expected,” including “capturing 100% of the IS Caliphate.” Now others must “defend their territory” in the region, Trump concluded.
US President regularly calls on Europe to “pick up” captured by Americans is militants — immigrants from EU countries. According to him, the United States holds several thousand militants.
Trump’s threat came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Ankara’s readiness to launch a military operation on its own near its border in northeastern Syria, where Turkey and the United States initially agreed to create a security zone. According to Erdogan, Washington has not fulfilled its promise. The region is also home to Kurdish forces, which the Americans consider allies and the Turks — terrorists.
On October 7, Erdogan said the US was withdrawing troops from the region. After the departure of the US military, Turkey will begin the operation. Officially, the US has announced that it will not support the operation in any way, and its troops will not be in the immediate vicinity.