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USA | Trump Threatens to Wipe Out Turkey's Economy


US President Donald Trump said he would devastate Turkey's economy if its offensive in Syria wipes out the Kurdish population there.

Asked by a reporter if he was concerned Erdogan will wipe out the Kurds, Trump replied: "I will wipe out his economy if that happens."

"I've already done it once with Pastor Brunson," Trump said, referring to US sanctions slapped on Turkey over the detention of a US citizen.

"I hope that he will act rationally," he added.

Trump also warned Turkey against attacking Syria, saying its air assault was "a bad idea" not backed by the United States, and called on Ankara to protect religious minorities.

"The United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea," Trump said in a statement released by the White House.

"Turkey has committed to protecting civilians, protecting religious minorities, including Christians, and ensuring no humanitarian crisis takes place - and we will hold them to this commitment."