Trump’s Pentagon Chief Contradicted Trump On Twitter Over Turkey And Quickly Deleted It
Defense Secretary Mark Esper took to Twitter on Monday to contradict Donald Trump’s welcoming of Turkish military operation in northern Syria.
Esper tweeted saying that the United States Department of Defense “does not endorse a Turkish operation in Northern Syria.”
Esper went on to say that “we will work with our NATO allies and Coalition partners to reiterate to Turkey the possible destabilizing consequences of potential actions to Turkey, the region, and beyond.”
Esper then linked to a press release at the DoD website that reiterated the department’s and the president’s lack of support for a Turkish incursion into Syria.
This statement contradicts a statement issued by the White House on Sunday evening, which stated that “Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria,” while adding that “United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will no longer be in the immediate area.”
Shortly after realizing that the Tweet contradicted the White House statement, Esper deleted his tweet. Luckily, what goes on the internet is never truly lost.