President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that the United States would apply "severe sanctions" against Turkey for the military offensive against the Kurdish militias in Syria and ordered the immediate withdrawal of US troops in the region.
Donald Trump had previously warned that he would take serious action against Turkey if Turkey exceeded reasonable limits in the military offensive against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria and today announced "severe sanctions" against the regime of Turkish President Recep Erdogan.
Also today, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Trump ordered all 1,000 troops fighting alongside the Kurdish militias against the Islamic State to protect their physical integrity in the offensive scenario. Turkish
At the same time, the US President said he was in talks with Congress about sanctions against Turkey.
"I am negotiating with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and other members of Congress, including Democrats, to impose severe sanctions on Turkey. The Treasury Department is prepared," Donald Trump wrote in his personal Twitter account today. .
Trump responds to Lindsey Graham's appeal that, although he is a strong supporter of the President, he had criticized the decision to withdraw troops from Syria, abandoning Kurdish allies in Syria at the mercy of the Turkish military offensive.
In recent days, the US has been appealing to the Turkish President to cease the military operation and today, according to Secretary of Defense Donald Trump has ordered the immediate and total withdrawal of the military contingent in northern Syria.
Asked if he thought NATO-allied Turkey would deliberately attack US troops in Syria, Mark Esper said he did not know what to say.
Esper mentioned an incident on Friday in which a small group of US troops came under Turkish artillery fire at an observation post in northern Turkey, but said it may have just been an example of "indiscriminate fire" , not intended deliberately to target US military personnel.
Esper said he spoke about the situation in Syria with President Trump on Saturday night, when signs of an intensifying Turkish offensive are growing.
"Over the past 24 hours, we have found that they (the Turks) are likely to expand their attack further south and west than originally planned," said Esper, referring to the escalating offensive against the Kurdish militias.
According to the Secretary of Defense, the US also believes that the Kurds are trying to "strike a deal" with the Syrian army and Russia to fight the Turkish forces, which helped Trump's decision to withdraw US forces. American women in the region.
In the same vein, Trump used his Twitter account to explain once again why the US should not be militarily involved in the region.
"Others may want to come in and fight one side against the other," Trump wrote today and may be referring to Syrian and Russian intervention in the conflict, as Mark Esper explained.
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