Erdogan promised Trump he'd finish off ISIS in Syria: report

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly told President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE last Friday that his country would handle the remainder of Islamic State forces in Syria following a U.S. withdrawal from the country.

NBC News reports that a senior White House official says that Erdogan personally promised to Trump during a phone call on Dec. 14 that his nation's military would effectively neutralize the remaining ISIS forces operating in Syria, which is estimated to be around 30,000 militants between Syria and neighboring Iraq.

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“Erdogan said to the president, ‘In fact, as your friend, I give you my word in this,’” a U.S. official told NBC News. A second official confirmed the contents of the phone call to the news network.

The president shocked many in Washington on Wednesday when he announced a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, a move that is thought to have contributed to the resignations of both Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisLawmakers push back at Pentagon's possible Africa drawdown Overnight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request Trump called top military brass 'a bunch of dopes and babies' in 2017: book MORE and envoy to coalition forces Brett McGurk in recent days.

According to NBC sources, that decision was made following Trump's discussion with Erdogan about Turkey's fighting capabilities in the region, while the White House has maintained publicly that Trump was merely informing the Turkish leader of his decision on the call.

On Saturday, the president wrote on Twitter that Middle Eastern countries including Turkey, a NATO ally, could effectively handle the fight against the Islamic State going forward.

“Now ISIS is largely defeated and other local countries, including Turkey, should be able to easily take care of whatever remains,” Trump tweeted. “We’re coming home!”