Will ‘devastate Turkey economically’ if they hit Kurds, says Donald Trump

Donald Trump, President of the United States has said that he will ‘devastate Turkey economically’ if the NATO-allied nation attacks US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria following a pullout of American troops from the war-torn country, and also urged the Kurds not to “provoke” Ankara.

In a hard hitting tweet on Sunday, Trump said:

Last month, President Trump surprised the world by announcing that he is withdrawing 2000 American troops from Syria. The pullout began last week.

Trump’s tweet is a stark threat toward an ally in the region that has partnered with the US in the fight against ISIS.

Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit out at US National Security Adviser John Bolton for saying the US withdrawal was contingent upon Turkey’s pledge not to attack US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria once troops leave.

“Bolton made a serious mistake. If he thinks that way, he is in a big mistake. We will not compromise,” Erdogan said.

The Pentagon has said that there is no timeline for US troop withdrawal and it would be based on ground realities.

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