Erdogan Aide Hits Back After Trump Warns US ‘Will Devastate Turkey Economically if They Hit Kurds’ in Syria

CNS News | 1/13/2019 | Staff
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(CNSNews.com) – President Trump appears to have upset Turkey’s notoriously prickly Islamist president with a tweet Sunday warning that the U.S. “[w]ill devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds.”

“Terrorists can’t be your partners and allies,” Turkey’s state news agency Anadolu quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan aide Ibrahim Kalin as saying on Twitter. “Turkey expects the U.S. to honor our strategic partnership and doesn’t want it to be shadowed by terrorist propaganda.”

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On his Twitter feed, Trump also suggested that the U.S. wants a 20-mile-wide buffer zone on the Syrian side of the Syria-Turkey border – the location of Kurdish fighters allied to the U.S. in the fight against ISIS, but regarded as terrorists by Erdogan.

Trump added, too, that his administration does “not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey.”

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The pair of presidential tweets read in full: “Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions. Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms. Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds. Create 20 mile safe zone ....

“... Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey. Russia, Iran and Syria have been the biggest beneficiaries of the long term U.S. policy of destroying ISIS in Syria – natural enemies. We also benefit but it is now time to bring our troops back home. Stop the ENDLESS WARS!”

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Trump’s tweets came a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke by phone to his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu. According to State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino, Pompeo had “reiterated the United States’ commitment to addressing Turkish security concerns along the Turkey-Syria border, while emphasizing the importance that the United State places on the protection of forces who worked with the United States and the global coalition to defeat ISIS.”

Also Saturday, Pompeo...
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