No Syria withdrawal without Turkish pledge not to attack Kurds, Bolton says

Source: NBC News | January 6, 2019 | Carol E. Lee

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would have to guarantee Turkey won’t attack Kurdish forces after Americans exit, the national security adviser said.

JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump will not withdraw American troops from northern Syria until the Turkish government guarantees it won’t then attack Syrian Kurdish forces that have been critical allies in the fight against ISIS, national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday.

Bolton said a commitment from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that protects the Kurds after American forces exit is something Trump is demanding, and that it’s just one of several conditions that have to be met before U.S. troops leave.

“There are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal,” Bolton said.

He spoke to reporters traveling with him to Israel and Turkey as he tried to clarify Trump’s Syria withdrawal policy for allies. He’s meeting with Israeli officials Sunday and Monday, and with Turkish officials, including Erdogan, on Tuesday.

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     EVERYDAY #27199

    First of all, the Turks under Erdogan cannot be trusted to keep any promises or pledges. Secondly, Trump really doesn’t give a hoot about the Kurds and most likely will not press the issue. I think Erdogan is another of his BFFs. Like I said before, Trump is way too chummy with dictators, dictator wannabes and unsavory characters.

    And no, we cannot trust that John Bolton or anyone else in this administration speaks for Trump. Look for Trump to reverse Bolton’s promises just for the heck of it. The White House is a mess of lies, broken promises and contradictions. Nothing the White House or its representatives say can be trusted.

     ConservativeGranny #27207

    Erdogan is going to “pinky swear” he won’t attack the Kurds. Okay then.

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