President Donald Trump talks to reporters about Turkey’s agreement to a ceasefire in Syria as he arrives in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
“It is capitulation, it’s that simple,” said Fawaz Gerges, a professor of Middle Eastern politics at the London School of Economics. “Trump may celebrate this as the deal of the century, but it reaffirms the humiliation of the Trump administration and its betrayal of the Kurds, its loyal allies.”
“He’s emasculated U.S. foreign policy,” he added.
The Turkish-U.S. deal does not refer once to a “cease-fire,” instead referring to a pause in Operation Peace Spring. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also declined to use the word on Thursday.
In a meeting with Iraq’s national security adviser in Damascus, the Syrian president said his country would respond to a Turkish aggression on any part of its territory with “all legitimate means” available, Syrian state media reported.