Trump massively undermined Mike Pence’s mission to stop Turkey’s invasion of Syria, The US has called for a ceasefire, but Erdogan has so far refused because he sees the Kurds as terrorists.
The Kurdish forces were the US’ allies in fighting ISIS in Syria. But President Donald Trump undermined Pence’s negotiating position on Wednesday, just as Pence was leaving, by saying that fighting in Syria is “between Turkey and Syria.
It’s not between Turkey and Syria and the United States.” Trump paved the way for the Turkish incursion earlier this month by abruptly withdrawing US troops from northeastern Syria. President Donald Trump undermined Vice President Mike Pence’s mission to Turkey ,
Just as Pence was setting off, by publicly saying that the conflict is nothing to do with the US. As of Thursday morning, Pence is en route to Turkey to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to urge him to stop his offensive on Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria, near the Turkish border.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, and envoy to Syria Jim Jeffrey are also part of the US delegation.
Trump tries to wash his hands of Syria
Turkey has long threatened to wipe out the Kurdish forces, which it sees as terrorists. Trump’s October 6 withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria has paved the way for a Turkish incursion into the area, which is rapidly reshaping the territory.
The Kurds — with whom the US allied to fight ISIS in Syria — have since allied with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and Russian troops to fight Turkey. On Wednesday, Trump undercut Pence’s bargaining power with Erdogan by saying that the US is not involved in the conflict.