President Trump is expected to welcome the president of Turkey to the White House next month, reaffirming the bilateral relationship between the nations despite recent backlash.
The president made the announcement Tuesday via twitter saying Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would visit the White House on November 13.
President Trump also weighed in on the United States’ relationship with Turkey saying, “So many people conveniently forget that Turkey is a big trading partner of the United States, in fact they make the structural steel frame for our F-35 Fighter Jet.”
The president continued by saying, “They have also been good to deal with, helping me to save many lives at Idlib Province, and returning, in very good health, at my request, Pastor Brunson, who had many years of a long prison term remaining.”
This announcement comes just one day after the president announced the U.S. would begin pulling troops out of Northern Syria before Turkey was expected to unleash a long-planned operation.
The announcement was made late Sunday night with a press release saying, “Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial “Caliphate,” will no longer be in the immediate area.”
The White House press release went on to clarify many of the captured ISIS fighters came from Europe, but the nations they came from including France and Germany, refuse to take them for trials.
In response, the United States has made it clear it will not hold them at the expense of American taxpayers, and from this point forward, Turkey will be responsible for handling it.
President Trump weighed in on his decision to pull U.S. troops from Turkey via twitter on Monday saying, “It is time to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home.”
The president continued by also slamming his European counterparts for refusing to handle the trials of captured ISIS fighters, despite the fact many came from Europe.
President Trump has come under fire by some for the move, citing it as disloyal to the Kurds, who have fought alongside American forces for years to officially defeat the Islamic State.
Despite the backlash, President Trump clarified this dimension of his decision saying although the Kurds were helpful, they were paid and received equipment for their role in the various operations.
President Trump has also emphasized how helpful they have been for years fighting militants while dismissing claims he is abandoning them by removing U.S. forces from the area.