Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that President Donald Trump made the right decision in pulling U.S. troops out of northern Syria.
The White House announced on Oct. 6 that U.S. troops would leave northern Syria and hand over responsibility for captured fighters of the ISIS terrorist group to Turkey. According to Reuters, the troops began pulling out on Monday, Oct. 7.
Sanders, who is currently a Fox News contributor, told the outlet Thursday night on “Americas Newsroom” that the situation is “incredibly difficult” for the president.
Sanders noted that Trump has acknowledged the difficulty of informing the loved ones of those who died in combat.
“Ive heard him say it before: theres nothing more difficult in any part of his job than that role that he has to play as commander in chief,” she said. “I think the president is doing the right thing by looking at how we protect the military.”
“You have Turkey, who is a NATO ally. You have the Kurds, who have been an ally in the fight against ISIS,” Sanders continued. “Unfortunately, those two allies hate each other and the president wants to be careful that we dont get stuck in the middle of another endless war.”
“This is a sad tragedy of the Middle East,” she added. “Its a never-ending tale of the conflict that exists there.”
Sanders pointed out that while both Turkey and the Kurds are allies of the United States, the two have been unable to “come together and fight the real enemy—and thats ISIS.”
“The president wants to be careful that we dont continue to put American soldiers in harms way for an endless war,” Sanders reiterated. “He has also been extremely clear that if Turkey releases ISIS terrorists, there will be severe consequences.”
Trump on Monday wrote on Twitter: “As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, 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 (Ive done before!).”
….the captured ISIS fighters and families. The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
On Wednesday, Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies began an attack on Kurdish militia in northeast Syria with airstrikes and artillery as well as a cross-border ground assault.
Turkeys Defense Ministry said 228 Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had been killed so far in the offensive, reported Reuters. Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war, says at least 23 fighters with the SDF and six fighters with a Turkish-backed Syrian rebel group had been killed.
Trump said in a White House statement Wednesday: “This morning, Turkey, a NATO member, invaded Syria. The United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea.”
He later added: “Turkey has committed to protecting civilians, protecting religious minorities, including Christians, and ensuring no humanitarian crisis takes place—and we will hold them to this commitment. In addition, Turkey is now responsible for ensuring all ISIS fighters being held captive remain in prison and that ISIS does not reconstitute in any way, shape, or form. We expect Turkey to abide by all of its commitments, and we continue to monitor the situation closely.”
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