President Donald Trump has responded with a heavy tone to the possibility of a Turkish incursion into northern Syria, threatening to destroy its economy if it engages the military in Syria, Reuters reported on Monday, October 7th.
Trump threatened Turkey, saying he would “totally destroy and obliterate” its economy if the country took any uncalculated action he would consider “off-limits,” following the decision to pull around 50 American special forces personnel from northern Syria, which would subsequently leave US-allied Kurdish forces vulnerable to Turkish attacks.
The president tweeted that "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!)"
In a phone conversation at the White House between Trump and his Turkish counterpart, the US president stated that Turkey would face "wrath of an extremely decimated economy" if they did not comply with the law and created a humanitarian crisis in Syria.
Following the harsh threats from Trump, Turkey's lira slid more than 2% to its lowest level in more than a month against the dollar on Monday, October 7th, according to Reuters.
In light of the troop redeployment, Trump said his ultimate goal was to fulfil his promise to bring troops home. "We're like a police force over there. We're not fighting. We're policing," he said.
US officials confirmed that Turkey had been removed from a military mechanism used to coordinate air operations over northern Syria and that it would no longer be granted access to US intelligence and surveillance feeds in the region, Reuters reported.
According to Bloomberg, some Trump allies have welcomed his change in position. “It is not in our national interest to have a small US force in the middle of a long-running dispute between our NATO ally Turkey and various Kurdish groups in Syria,” William Ruger, vice president for research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute, said in a statement.