The compulsive in chief strikes again.
Courtesy of Business Insider:
Capping off what has been a tumultuous week for the Trump administration are reports from multiple outlets that offer some clues as to why President Donald Trump made his decision to pull US troops out of Syria that prompted Defense Secretary James Mattis to resign.
That development materialized last Friday during a call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after Erdogan asked Trump why there were still 2,000 US troops in Syria if the Islamic State had been defeated.
“You know what? It’s yours,” Trump said, according to The Washington Post. “I’m leaving.”
The Associated Press reported that members of Trump’s national-security team, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mattis, wrote out talking points to dissuade Turkey from bringing troops into northern Syria and attacking Turkish Kurds, which would put US forces at risk. The US is allied with the Turkish Kurds in Syria, providing them with supplies and training in the fight against the Islamic State.
But both The Post and the AP explain that Trump went rogue.
“The talking points were very firm,” one official told the Associated Press. “Everybody said push back and try to offer (Turkey) something that’s a small win, possibly holding territory on the border, something like that.”
You know it sounds to me as if Trump was trying to brag to Erdogan that the US had defeated ISIS, and then when Erdogan called his bluff by asking why US troops were still in Syria Trump felt trapped and essentially said: “Here, you do it.”
Which is exactly the kind of response you might expect from a fucking toddler.
According to the article even John Bolton tried to explain to Trump that taking back land formerly occupied by ISIS is not the same thing as defeating them, but Trump cannot recognize reality and refused to change his opinion that ISIS was defeated.
Who needs reality when your ego keeps telling you that you are the large-handed man that the girls adore and whose giant brain can solve everything?