President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE said early Monday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan "has very strongly informed" him that Turkey will "eradicate whatever is left of ISIS in Syria" after the U.S. withdraws its troops from the country.
"President @RT_Erdogan of Turkey has very strongly informed me that he will eradicate whatever is left of ISIS in Syria....and he is a man who can do it plus, Turkey is right 'next door.' Our troops are coming home!" Trump wrote on Twitter.
President @RT_Erdogan of Turkey has very strongly informed me that he will eradicate whatever is left of ISIS in Syria....and he is a man who can do it plus, Turkey is right “next door.” Our troops are coming home!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018
Trump's tweet follows multiple reports that Erdoğan reassured Trump in a Dec. 14 phone call that Turkey would defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria if the U.S. withdrew its forces.
Trump last week announced that the U.S. would withdraw its roughly 2,000 troops from Syria, a decision that has sparked bipartisan backlash from U.S. lawmakers and prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump's 'Enemies List' — end of year edition The US can't go back to business as usual with Pakistan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike MORE.
NBC News reported Saturday that Erdoğan promised to Trump during that phone call that Turkey's military forces would defeat the remaining Islamic State forces still in Syria.
“Erdoğan said to the president, ‘In fact, as your friend, I give you my word in this,’ ” an official told NBC News.
CNN on Monday reported the same conversation, citing a senior White House official.
Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday that "local countries, including Turkey," would "easily take care" of the remaining ISIS forces.
"When I became President, ISIS was going wild. Now ISIS is largely defeated and other local countries, including Turkey, should be able to easily take care of whatever remains. We’re coming home!" he tweeted.