Turkey continues to insult the United States, proving that they are a questionable ally in the Middle East.
President Donald Trump has made a lot of changes since he took offices, including one major decision that angered the Turks.
Unlike former President Barack Obama, who was content with losing the war on terrorism, Trump decided to arm the Kurds in order to allow them to better fight ISIS.
In response, Turkey insulted the U.S. and is now calling for a U.S. military base in Turkey to be closed.
— Ali Özkök (@A_Ozkok) May 12, 2017
Conservative Tribune reports:
This issue revolves around the Trump administration’s decision to arm the Kurdish Syrian fighters, known as the YPG. Turkey is currently battling the PKK, another Kurdish group, that has been designated as a terror organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. While the United States doesn’t see the YPG and the PKK as being linked, Turkey does.
Trump and Erdogan are meeting on Tuesday, and Reuters noted that Erdogan will likely press Trump to reverse his decision when the two are face to face.
ABC News noted that the entire future of Turkish-American relations may be on the line if Trump can’t get Erdogan to accept the arming of the Kurds.
Turkey has threatened to bomb Kurdish forces going forward. Often there are Americans embedded with these forces, so any such military action on Turkey’s part could cause a serious diplomatic incident.
It is time for Trump to talk to Erdogan and to tell him how foreign policy in the Middle East will be dictated going forward.
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