President Donald Trump boasted about his intelligence yet again on Monday to justify his decision to withdraw American troops from northern Syria before issuing a threat to Turkey.

“If Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!),” Trump tweeted Monday morning. The president also claimed his administration succeeded in defeating the entire caliphate of the Islamic Sate of Iraq and Syria.

The Trump administration drew severe criticism from lawmakers and security experts following its decision on Sunday to abandon Kurdish fighters and support a Turkish military operation. Pundits blasted the move as a gift to authoritarian leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, who have both sought to suppress Kurds in the region. Experts also warned that the betrayal of Kurdish forces will also likely embolden ISIS and Iran, which is home to a small Kurdish population.


Trump has previously bragged about his intelligence by making narcissistic claims that he is a “very stable genius” and that he has a high IQ. Reporters like NBC News’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel was quick to compare the president to authoritarian leaders like Assad, late Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi and former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. 

Trump’s comment also sparked dozens of memes and GIFs on social media:


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