On Monday night, tweeted Trump after a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, you have also spoken about the economic development of both countries, and see “great potential for significant Expansion!” The day before, he had threatened Turkey in the event of an attack on Kurds in Syria, however, with “economic destruction” and sharp criticism in Ankara is triggered.

Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed on Monday that his country will not bow to threats. Erdogan had announced in the past year, an Offensive against the Kurdish fighters of the YPG in Northern Syria, a major ally of the United States in the fight against the Islamic state. However, Trump had announced before Christmas that he would pull American troops out of Syria. This had caused considerable concern about the fate of the Kurds in Trumps own government and his Republicans.

In the telephone conversation on Monday, Trump stressed, according to the White house, the United States “it is important that Turkey treated the Kurds, and the YPG-controlled Syrian Democratic forces (SDF)”. In the statement from Erdogan’s office to the telephone call, the speech was not from this part of the conversation. Trump tweeted, you’ve also talked about a safety zone of 32 kilometres. He stated again what he meant by that exactly.