Graham: Erdoğan pledged to Trump to stay away from Kurdish territory in Syria

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony US defense chief says Taliban deal 'looks very promising' but not without risk Lawmakers wary as US on cusp of initial deal with Taliban MORE (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promised President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE that he would stay away from Kurdish territory in Syria during a call with both men. 

"I was part of a phone call yesterday between President Erdogan and President Trump where President Trump received a commitment from the President of Turkey to stay away from the Kobani area to prevent further escalation in Syria," Graham tweeted. 

The Turkish military launched an offensive in northern Syria after the White House announced last week that U.S. troops would no longer be "in the immediate area."


The White House announcement sparked bipartisan criticism, including from Graham who said the move put the nation and Trump's presidency at risk.

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceShort defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans Trump's 'two steps forward, one step backward' strategy with China The state of the Democratic primary: Heading to a brokered convention?   MORE on Monday also said that Trump received a “firm commitment” that Turkish forces would not attack Kobani.

Pence also said that Trump pressed [Erdoğan] very strongly” in a phone call earlier in the day to broker a ceasefire.

“The president of the United States called on the president of Turkey to stop the invasion, to enact an immediate ceasefire and to begin negotiations with Kurdish forces in Syria,” he said.


Trump has also pledged to put sanctions on Turkey amid congressional pressure for action to help U.S.-allied Kurds.

Pence and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo promotes economic ties, takes aim at corruption in Africa visit Russian foreign minister says he sensed 'more constructive' approach after meeting with Pompeo Donald Trump: Unrepentant, on the attack and still playing the victim MORE are slated to lead a delegation this week in the hopes of reaching a ceasefire.

A Kurdish leader called the U.S. troop withdrawal a "betrayal" in a Washington Post op-ed last week.