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President Donald Trump says Syria ceasefire a ‘great day for civilization’

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – Last night, Wednesday, October 16th, 2019, U.S. President Donald J. Trump sent a delegation of senior American officials—including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien—to Ankara to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan face-to-face.

And just hours ago, the Administration was able to deliver a major announcement.  

U.S. President Donald J. Trump
U.S. President Donald J. Trump

“Earlier this week, President Trump took decisive action to call on Turkish forces to stand down, and to end the violence, and to agree to negotiations,” Vice President Pence said during a press conference from Turkey.

President Trump: “Great for everybody. Proud of all!”

“Today, I’m proud to report—thanks to the strong leadership of President Donald Trump and the strong relationship between President Erdogan and Turkey and the United States of America—that today the United States and Turkey have agreed to a cease fire in Syria.”

President Trump’s priorities are clear: American soldiers can no longer be sacrificed in endless wars across the Middle East. That’s one of the most important promises he made to the American people as a candidate, and he will always honor it. 

Instead of American lives, the President is using “tough love” to bring other countries to the table and achieve positive outcomes. “Obviously the sanctions and tariffs [on Turkey] were going to be very biting. I’m glad we don’t have to do it,” he said.

The results of today’s negotiations are important for our partners in Syria:

  • Turkey will pause Operation Peace Spring to allow for the withdrawal of mostly Kurdish YPG forces from the 20-mile safe zone for 120 hours
  • All military operations under Operation Peace Spring will be paused, and Operation Peace Spring will be halted entirely on completion of the withdrawal
  • Turkey agrees to taking no military action against the town of Kobani
  • Turkey and the United States mutually commit to stifling any ISIS activities in northeast Syria, which includes coordination on ISIS detention facilities

“It’s a great day for the United States. It’s a great day for Turkey. It’s a great day for our partners,” President Trump said. “It’s really a great day for civilization.”

No matter what, President Trump will always protect American troops.


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