President Trump on Monday defended his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria as Turkey plans to launch a military operation in the region, tweeting that he would “obliterate” Ankara’s economy if it acts in a way he deems inappropriate.
The president, in a series of tweets, threatened to punish Turkey if it did anything “off limits” and insisted that the U.S. military could “always go back & BLAST” if needed.
“As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, 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 (I’ve done before!),” Trump tweeted, referencing his past implementation of tariffs that hampered an already scuffling Turkish economy.
Trump added that Turkey and others must “watch over the captured ISIS fighters and families,” and claimed the U.S. has captured “100% of the ISIS Caliphate.”
“It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory,” Trump tweeted.
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