Trump Threatens Turkey: I’ll “Obliterate” Your Economy

The Hill reports:

President Trump on Monday defended his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria as Turkey plans to launch a military operation in the region, tweeting that he would “obliterate” Ankara’s economy if it acts in a way he deems inappropriate.

The president, in a series of tweets, threatened to punish Turkey if it did anything “off limits” and insisted that the U.S. military could “always go back & BLAST” if needed.

The tweets appeared to be an effort to smooth over criticism from numerous Republican and Democratic lawmakers who warned that withdrawing U.S. forces from the region could leave the U.S.’s Kurdish allies vulnerable to a slaughter, damage America’s relationship with its partners in the region and lay the foundation for a resurgence of ISIS.