Former Trump envoy McGurk slams U.S. administration for ‘disastrous gift to ISIS’

The former U.S. Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk accused the U.S. government of trying to cover up President Donald Trump’s initial green light to Turkey’s incursion in the Kurdish-held region in north-east Syria, in a series of social media posts.

“Trump administration officials are working overtime to say he never gave the green light to this disastrous gift to ISIS,” McGurk wrote in a tweet.

The former ISIS envoy had accused Turkey of providing weapons and logistical support to ISIS in a CNN interview early in 2019.

McGurk then posted the White House statement of Oct.6, with the caption, “Here is the statement from Sunday night with no warning whatsoever. That’s called a green light.”

“Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation,” the statement said.

In a third tweet, McGurk said the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the majority-Kurdish key U.S. ally on the ground in the region, had removed their defences from the border on assurance that Turkey would not in fact launch an attack.

Turkey considers the SDF to be an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and a terrorist organization. Ankara’s ongoing Operation Peace Spring aims to eliminate the threat to national security posed by the group.

Drawing attention to the absence of the United States during a show of condemnation by Western countries against Turkey’s operation, McGurk again urged President Trump to release a transcript of the phone call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
 “If it’s true that Trump warned Erdogan not to invade northeast Syria,” he said.