& # 39; I have retained the oil & # 39 ;: Trump defends withdrawal that Kurdish allies uncovered amid pressure on Turkey during NATO meetings and says the remaining armed forces will fight ISIS when & # 39; they reappear & & # 39;
- Trump was asked if Turkey was a reliable member of NATO and whether he would impose sanctions for the purchase of Russian missile defense capacity
- He said: & # 39; I have saved the oil & # 39; with regard to Syrian stocks
- The president said: & # 39; We can do with the oil we want & # 39;
- He said & # 39; we have total control over the oil & # 39; and & # 39; we can do whatever we want with the oil & # 39;
- Trump said that Turkey & # 39; closed & # 39; was buying American Patriot rockets
- He said he could meet Turkish President Erdogan & # 39;
President Donald Trump defended his policy towards Turkey, while NATO is an ally of member state surveillance – and reiterated his claim that he & # 39; the oil & # 39; kept within Syrian territory.
The president said: & # 39; We can do with the oil we want & # 39; – although the Pentagon said last month that Syrian Democratic Forces generated revenues from oil facilities that were occupied in Syria.
Trump was asked at the start of NATO meetings in London whether Turkey is a reliable member of the treaty organization, which prompted him to defend both the actions of Turkey that have ranked the alliance and his own policy movements.
& # 39; It is a country with which I have a good relationship, & # 39; said Trump. & # 39; We have made a deal that everyone was critical of. And it works.
& # 39; I want to take our soldiers there. I wanted to keep the oil. Now they say, that was a lot that Trump made. & # 39;
He said he would hope & # 39; that Turkish President Recep Erdogan & # 39; will be a good member of NATO.
& # 39; I kept the oil & # 39; in relation to Syrian supplies that are guarded by US troops who remain there
He defended his retreat from the northern border with Syria, causing a Turkish invasion that led to attacks on Kurdish American allies who had fought ISIS alongside American troops.
& # 39; We left their limit. We have been on their border long enough. They are doing fine on their border. We have saved the oil. I have saved the oil, & T 39 said about oil fields in Syria guarding the US to keep out of the hands of ISIS.
Although Trump said ISIS was defeated, he spoke Tuesday about remaining forces.
& # 39; The only people we have there now, we have a few, a small group that fight against the remains of ISIS because they show up again, and we put them down. We have beaten the ISIS caliphate. Nobody thought we could do that … I did it very quickly. When I came in, it was almost 100 percent and I set it to zero.
US air strikes started against ISIS in 2014. By December 2017, ISIS lost 95 percent of its territory, according to one Wilson Center timeline.
& # 39; ISIS tried to take control of the oil. We are in control of the oil. The only soldiers we have are the soldiers who keep the oil. We have the oil and we can do with the oil that we want, & said Trump.
Syrian oil production is only a fraction of the pre-war level, according to a BBC analysis.
Trump made similar claims alongside Erdogan at the White House last month when he said: & We are holding the oil. We have the oil. & # 39; The Pentagon said after those comments that oil revenues would in fact go to the Syrian Democratic Forces.
& # 39; The proceeds from this will not go to the US. This goes to the SDF, & # 39; said the Pentagon.
Trump also seemed to defend Turkey's position against a Russian missile defense system that conflicts with the F-35 fighter who called Trump the best military aircraft in the world.
He said that Turkey & # 39; closed & # 39; was from buying US-made Patriot rockets during the Obama administration, essentially forcing it into the hands of Russia. He said he could & # 39; meet Erdogan at the summit & # 39; although a bilateral meeting is not on his official schedule.