Trump reportedly offered to sell F-35 jets to Turkey in exchange for not attacking Kurdish forces in Syria


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President Donald Trump reportedly advised Turkey not to invade northeastern Syria and offered to resume sales of the US’s fifth-generation aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-35.
Trump reportedly offered Erdogan “a really good package,” in addition to other benefits and a presidential visit, a senior official said, according to a Washington Post report published Wednesday.
The purported offer marks a departure from the US’s policy not to include Turkey in its flagship F-35 program starting in July.
The US granted F-35 contracts to several allies, including the UK and South Korea, but took Turkey off that list when it purchased Russia’s advanced S-400 air defense systems.
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In a phone called between President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday, the US president reportedly advised Turkey not to invade northeastern Syria and offered to resume sales of the US’s fifth-generation aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-35.

Trump offered Erdogan “a really good package,” in addition to other benefits and a presidential visit, a senior State Department official told Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin.

Erdogan is still scheduled to visit the White House in November.

Trump made the decision to withdraw roughly 1,000 US troops from the region on Sunday following his call with Erdogan. Thousands of US-backed Kurdish allies are stationed in northeastern Syria, and observers say Trump’s decision has left the Kurdish fighters vulnerable to Turkish attack and may even fuel an ISIS resurgence.

Turkey has long cited the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, and the Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as terrorist threats with links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The PPK is a Turkey-based rebel group that has been designated as a terrorist organization by the US and Turkey.

Read more: Trump brushes off worries that freed ISIS prisoners will be a threat: ‘They’re going to be escaping to Europe.’

F-35s or the Russian S-400

Trump’s purported offer to Erdogan marks a departure from the US’s policy not to include Turkey in its flagship F-35 program starting in July. The US granted F-35 contracts to several allies, including the UK and South Korea, but took Turkey off that list when it purchased Russia’s advanced S-400 air defense systems.

“The F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities,” the White House said in a statement at the time.

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