On Saturday, President Donald Trump announced that his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan intended to wipe out Syrian Kurds, but had to abandon the idea after he told the Turkish president he would not allow it.
“He has a problem with Kurds and everybody knows it,” Trump said in a press conference in Osaka, on the sidelines of the G-20 summit. “And he had 65,000 men, army, on the border and he was going to wipe out Kurds.”
He continued: “And I called him, and asked him not to do it. I guess, they are natural enemies of his, or Turkey’s, and he has not done it.”
In the past, President Trump has pressured Turkey to stand down when they had skirmishes with Syrian Kurdish rebels who Trump has described as “great fighters.”
The US maintains a presence of 1000 troops in the Northern Kurdish controlled parts of Syria.