Erdogan: Trump Made The ‘Right Call’ to Withdraw from Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that President Trump made the “right call” to vow to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, and that Turkey’s forces could “get the job done” in a New York Times op-ed Monday. Erdogan called Turkey the “only country with the power and commitment” to handle the remnants of ISIS in Syria. The Turkish president then claimed Turkish forces had “no argument with the Syrian Kurds,” who have allied with the U.S., after national security advisor John Bolton reportedly said he would seek the Kurds’ safety as a condition for the U.S.’ withdrawal. Erdogan also wrote that Turkey could work “simultaneously” with the U.S. and Russia and build on those “partnerships” to act in Syria. “Turkey is volunteering to shoulder this heavy burden at a critical time in history,” Erdogan wrote. “We are counting on the international community to stand with us.”