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

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly told President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it 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 MattisThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico Trump needs a national security adviser who 'speaks softly' US could deploy 150 troops to Syria: report 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!”