Appearing Monday on CNBC’s Closing Bell, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that President Donald Trump is “fully prepared” to take military action against Turkey over its actions against the Kurds in northern Syria, Breitbart reports.
Although the administration prefers “peace to war,” U.S. President Donald Trump is “fully prepared” to authorize military action against Turkey, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday.
Pompeo said the “world should know” that “where we see American interests at stake or fundamental norms around the world that need to be enforced, we’ll use all the powers that we have.”
While the administration’s preferred measures were economic and diplomatic, he said, “In the event that kinetic action or military action is needed, you should know that President Trump is fully prepared to undertake that action.”
Pompeo did not specify what Turkish actions would prompt a U.S. military response, saying he did not want to “get out in front of the president’s decision about whether to take the awesome undertaking of using America’s military might.”
Pompeo’s remarks about the crisis on Syria’s northern border came weeks after Trump’s abrupt withdrawal of troops from the Syrian region ahead of a Turkish invasion. Turkey’s aim is to establish a “safe zone” along the Syria-Turkey border free of Kurdish fighters, particularly Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia fighters. Turkey views the YPG as a terrorist organization.
Following a U.S.-brokered 120-hour ceasefire in northern Syria, Turkey has warned that its assault will continue if Kurdish forces do not evacuate from the area by 7 p.m. GMT Tuesday, and that it will create a 75-mile “safe zone” between the border towns of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn.
Meanwhile, to show their appreciation for all the money, weapons and America’s sacrifices to help the Kurds for years, here’s what they did to our military fighters:
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