On Wednesday, the United States President Donald Trump has forcefully rejected charges that he was responsible for the invasion of Turkey into Northern Syria.
President Trump said at a news conference that “I didn’t give him a green light.”
He said that while answering to a reporters’ question on whether his interactions with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cleared the way for the military attacks against the Kurds.
President Trump has termed the query was misleading, the Democratic and Republican Lawmakers have accused the US President of clearing the way for the Turkish incursion, but he replied: “I’m not going to get involved in a war between Turkey and Syria.”
However, the Turkish offensive “didn’t surprise me,” said President Trump of the action, which rapidly titled the balance of power in Northeastern Syria, and provoked Turkey, Russia, and Iran to fulfill a sudden vacuum left when he ordered the American forces out of the region.
President Trump told sources that he had no regrets for having 26-28 US military troops inside Northern Syria stands aside as the Turkish moved across the border. Imposing sanctions on Turkey is better to have US military troops in the region involved in fighting, said President Trump.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump has termed the Kurds, who were allies of the Pentagon in a war against Islamic State terrorists, “no angels” themselves.
The US President continued that the Kurdish PKK “is worse of a terrorist threat than ISIS.”
During the news conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, President Trump has expressed deep concern about the Turkish attack, noted that a large number of civilian victims and warned it may lead to a resurgence of ISIS.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives has approved a resolution opposing Donald Trump’s decision to end American operations in Syria, calling on President Erdogan to immediately cease military action and for the United States to continue supporting the Kurds.
It further urges the White House to “present a clear and specific plan for the enduring defeat of ISIS,” and many of his fellow Republicans have voted for it.
However, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has bluntly criticized the President’s latest comments about the region.
Graham tweets, “I worry we will not have allies in the future against radical Islam, ISIS will re-emerge, & Iran’s rise in Syria will become a nightmare for Israel. I fear this is a complete and utter national security disaster in the making and I hope President Trump will adjust his thinking.”
Lindsey Graham sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, said that the US President’s words were “completely undercut” efforts by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whom the US President has sent to Turkey to press for a stop to the attack.
Officials in Ankara informed that the Turkish President has plans to meet with Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Pence today. It further said that President Erdogan would only meet President Trump if he came to Turkey.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to visit the White House on November 13, but he doubts that the trip would take place depending on the result of the discussions this week in Ankara with the US officials.
Mike Pence further plans to voice the commitment of America “to reach an immediate cease-fire and the conditions for a negotiated settlement,” reads the statement issued by the White House.
President Trump has hiked tariffs on steel imports and further called off negotiations on a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey. He has also addressed concerns regarding the approximately 50 tactical nuclear weapons stored at an American base in Turkey.
Donald Trump’s reply was that he was confident that those weapons were secure, and “we have a great airbase there,” said the US President, “It’s a large, powerful airbase.”
Meanwhile, the US military fighter jets have carried out what the Pentagon has termed as a “show of force” in Northern Syria.
The US official told VOA that forces have carried out airstrikes on the Lafarge cement factory near Kobani. The Kurds and the US military troops had used the factory as a base camp in their fight against the ISIS troops.
The US official continued that the cement factory was blown up to prevent “outside forces”, specifically Syria, and Russia, from using it as their headquarters.