UPDATED 9:44 AM PT — Friday, January 17, 2019
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham traveled to Turkey to meet with the country’s president over the latest military developments in Syria.
The South Carolina Senator held talks with Tayyip Erdogan Friday to discuss the Trump administration’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. The Turkish leader applauded the move after repeatedly demanding Washington remove U.S.-backed Kurdish forces from northern Syria.
Turkey has labeled the Kurds as terrorists, and said their presence on the Syrian-Turkish border poses a national security threat.
Turkey’s foreign ministry spokesman — Hami Aksoy — said the two leaders discussed maintaining bilateral relations despite recent tensions.
The Trump administration has threatened to impose economic sanctions on Turkey if it brings any harm to the Kurds.