Tue Oct 8, 2019, 11:26 AM

White House Says Turkey's Erdogan to Visit November 13

Oct. 8, 2019 at 11:50 a.m. EDT

President Trump announced Tuesday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Washington next month, a day after bipartisan anger erupted about Trump’s decision to pull back U.S. troops supporting Kurdish forces in Syria.

Trump has sent mixed messages to the region since announcing that decision, which would leave the Kurds vulnerable to a Turkish attack. The Turkish government views the Syrian Kurds, who were critical to the defeat of the Islamic State in Syria, as terrorists allied with Kurdish separatists in Turkey.

By Monday afternoon, as members of his own party slammed the decision, Trump said without offering specifics: “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.”

Then, on Tuesday morning, Trump defended Turkey and its close relationship with the United States.

“So many people conveniently forget that Turkey is a big trading partner of the United States, in fact they make the structural steel frame for our F-35 Fighter Jet,” he tweeted.


I suspect that Turkey will be buying a few of our Patriot missile systems after all...

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