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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Graham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower' Graham says Schiff should be a witness in Trump impeachment trial MORE (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promised President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 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 PenceProtests serve as backdrop to Erdoğan's visit to White House Trump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats announce public impeachment hearings with eight witnesses next week 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 PompeoProtests serve as backdrop to Erdoğan's visit to White House Chris Wallace: Taylor testimony 'very damaging to President Trump' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats open televised impeachment hearings 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.