Dec 04 2017

Trump’s U-turn on arming YPG upsets Turkey - journalist

U.S. President Donald Trump promised Turkey to stop arming the Kurdish-majority People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, and he damaged bilateral relations by reneging on that promise, former Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio Middle East correspondent Tom Regan wrote in Arab Weekly.

“Turkish government officials seized on Trump’s promise and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu excitedly rushed to tell the Turkish press and, through them, the world’s media,” he said.

When three days later, it turned out that no such policy decision had been taken, Turkish officials were “livid”.

However, Turkey may have an arrow pointed at Trump’s Achilles heel – his “Trump Towers” franchise, Regan said.

Trump told Breitbart that “I have a little conflict of interest because I have a major, major build­ing in Istanbul.”

 

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